Should a teacher be allowed to go to a religious club that meets in a public elementary school library after-hours, on her own time? Barbara Wigg sued Sioux Falls School District when it told her she couldn't go to the Good News Club, a Christian-based club that met in the school library after hours. It was concerned about the Establishment clause.
On Sept. 3, a federal appellate court ruled in Wigg's favor -- although public employers may make lots of restrictions on employee speech, not so this time. She was there as a private citizen after hours and has the same First Amendment rights as anyone else.
Wigg v. Sioux Falls Sch. Dist. 49-5, Nos. 03-2956, 03-3107, UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT, 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 18628, June 14, 2004, Submitted, September 3, 2004