Bailey & Glasser Helps School Protect its Students

Bailey & Glasser Protects School from Misguided Protesters

One of the of individuals, who was a part of a group protesting the construction of a Planned Parenthood health facility and that has been targeting young students at the nearby public charter school in Northeast Washington, D.C., has agreed to a permanent injunction. The injunction puts an end to the activity at times when the students are coming to and leaving the school. You can read the Agreed Order here.

Bailey & Glasser attorney Michael L. Murphy of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, representing the school pro bono, stated that “we are pleased with the settlement as it allows the school to maintain a safe and orderly environment for its students while permitting ample time and places for the protesters to express their message.” He added, “this lawsuit has been about one thing all along – student safety – recognizing that the First Amendment is extremely important but not unlimited.”

The anti-abortion activists have been gathering outside Two Rivers Public Charter School, waving gruesome images of aborted fetuses at grade-school children to protest the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility next door.

Bailey & Glasser filed a lawsuit in December 2015 on the school’s behalf to stop the targeting of its students as they came to school. The complaint accused the protestors of “engaging in a concerted effort to aggressively confront students, harm their emotional well-being, upset their parents and guardians, and ultimately damage the school’s reputation within the community.”

Two Rivers Public Charter School is represented by Michael L. Murphy, Ora Nwabueze and Cary Joshi of Bailey & Glasser’s Washington, DC office as well as Ben Bailey of the firm’s Charleston, West Virginia office.

 

February 1, 2016

Anti-abortion protesters have been targeting young students because their school is near the site of a future Planned Parenthood facility.

Young students at a public charter school in Northeast Washington, D.C., have been caught in the crossfire between abortion rights supporters and anti-abortion activists. The anti-abortion activists have been gathering outside Two Rivers Public Charter School, waving gruesome images of aborted fetuses at grade-school children to protest the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility next door.

Bailey & Glasser attorneys Michael L. Murphy, Ora Nwabueze, and Cary Joshi of the firm’s Washington, D.C., office, representing the school pro bono, filed a lawsuit on the school’s behalf to attempt to protect the well-being of the students. The complaint accuses the protestors of “engaging in a concerted effort to aggressively confront students, harm their emotional well-being, upset their parents and guardians, and ultimately damage the school’s reputation within the community.”

The lawsuit asks for an injunction against the protestors to prevent them from approaching and talking to students outside the school.

Because the lawsuit’s primary goal is to protect the safety of the students, it has garnered a great deal of attention and support from the elected officials of the District of Columbia. “We are committed to ensuring that students, teachers and parents are not harassed or otherwise intimidated by aggressive and unnecessarily inflammatory protests that go beyond the protections afforded by the First Amendment,” said District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement.  Mayor Muriel E. Bowser stated that the city is “doing everything possible to protect students, their families and the community.”

TWO RIVERS v. WEILER: KEY FILINGS

Verified Complaint:

Motions to Dismiss:

Plaintiffs’ Opposition:

Defendants’ Replies:

Court Order Denying Motions to Dismiss:

Motions for Preliminary Injunction:

Motion for Interlocutory Review:

Motion for Limited Discovery:

Settlement:

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