Student barred from showing anti-abortion display suing college - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Student barred from showing anti-abortion display suing college

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Falls Community College student who was barred from putting up an anti-abortion display is suing the college in federal court in Spokane.

Beth Sheeran says the college violated her free speech rights.

The official complaint Sheeran filed in court states that when Sheeran and the Spokane Falls Christian Fellowship wanted to hold a pro-life event at the College on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the College refused to allow the event. Court documents say the College told Sheeran and SFCF "that their pro-life display was 'offensive' and 'discriminatory.'"

According to documents, college officials also told Sheeran she would have to present opposing views in the display. Further, the College is stated to have told Sheeran and the SFCF that the event was 'biased' and they could face expulsion for "discriminating" or "offending" someone.

Court documents also state that an official showed Sheeran a copy of a Washington code that Sheeran and the SFCF would violate if they held the event. The code concerns discrimination policy.

Wash. Admin. Code 132Q-30-242 (as stated in Verified Complaint)

     Discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, creed, age, sex, marital status,   veteran's status, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited in conformity with federal and state laws. Discrimination includes sexual or racial harassment which is defined as conduct that is:
 (1) Sexually or racially motivated and has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person's work or educational performance; and/or
 (2) Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment

In her suit, Sheeran states that the college had allowed a different event on campus that did not include opposing viewpoints. The event, "The J-Spot Lecture: Jay Friedman," is said to include discussions with college students about sexual technique and political and cultural attitudes toward sexual activity.

Sheeran, among other relief listed in the complaint, is seeking an injunction prohibiting the College from barring her anti-abortion display. Also sought is a declaration stating that the conduct restricting Sheeran's anti-abortion display is unconstitutional.

KHQ Local News reporter Anthony Gomes is gathering more information and will have a full report on KHQ Local News at 5 and 6.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 13 semi-trucks park under Detroit overpass to help man considering suicide

    13 semi-trucks park under Detroit overpass to help man considering suicide

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:41:55 GMT

    DETROIT - 13 semi-truck drivers parked their big rigs under a highway overpass early Tuesday morning to help shorten the fall of a man who was threatening to jump.  All lanes of Highway 696 were closed early Tuesday morning after a call came in just before 1:00 a.m. of a man threatening to jump.  

    >>

    DETROIT - 13 semi-truck drivers parked their big rigs under a highway overpass early Tuesday morning to help shorten the fall of a man who was threatening to jump.  All lanes of Highway 696 were closed early Tuesday morning after a call came in just before 1:00 a.m. of a man threatening to jump.  

    >>
  • Ohio teen fatally shoots 11-year-old brother in 'premeditated act'

    Ohio teen fatally shoots 11-year-old brother in 'premeditated act'

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:06 AM EDT2018-04-24 14:06:01 GMT

    STREETSBORO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has fatally shot his 11-year-old brother in suburban Cleveland, and police are describing the shooting as an apparent "premeditated act."   Streetsboro police say officers were called to a home around 9:30 p.m. Monday. The 11-year-old died at a hospital.   Police say the 13-year-old has been charged with aggravated murder in Portage County Juvenile Court.

    >>

    STREETSBORO, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy has fatally shot his 11-year-old brother in suburban Cleveland, and police are describing the shooting as an apparent "premeditated act."   Streetsboro police say officers were called to a home around 9:30 p.m. Monday. The 11-year-old died at a hospital.   Police say the 13-year-old has been charged with aggravated murder in Portage County Juvenile Court.

    >>
  • Spokane police investigating fatal crash near 3rd and Liberty Park

    Spokane police investigating fatal crash near 3rd and Liberty Park

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-04-25 05:56:04 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police say a pedestrian is dead after they were hit by a car near 3rd and Liberty Park Place east of downtown Spokane Tuesday night. Neighbors in the area called police after hearing a crash, coming out to investigate and finding a person in the street. Arriving officers and medical crews began lifesaving efforts, but were not successful and the pedestrian died.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police say a pedestrian is dead after they were hit by a car near 3rd and Liberty Park Place east of downtown Spokane Tuesday night. Neighbors in the area called police after hearing a crash, coming out to investigate and finding a person in the street. Arriving officers and medical crews began lifesaving efforts, but were not successful and the pedestrian died.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/