Court rules church invites can be handed out at PA school

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 12, 2013 4:14 PM

(Philadelphia) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennsylvania fifth-grader can distribute invitations to a church Christmas party at her public elementary school.

The court say there's no evidence the flyers would prove "disruptive" at school. That's the Supreme Court standard for most free speech cases involving students.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court in Philadelphia admits the law is still evolving when it comes to elementary school students.

The court has previously said a preschooler could not distribute pencils promoting a Christian message to classmates.

In the latest case, the church flyer advertised a 2010 Christmas party at Innovation Church in Mt. Pocono, with face painting, music and games.

The court notes that the Pocono Mountain School District lets students bring home flyers about other non-school events.

The ruling upholds a preliminary decision by a lower court.

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