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INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2021) — An Indiana mother can once again participate in public conversation surrounding Brownsburg Community Schools Corporation. Superintendent Jim Snapp was compelled to restore Kristin Ferklic’s access to his public Twitter account where he shares important school news after Ferklic’s attorneys at the Liberty Justice Center sent a demand letter to the BCSC school board last week.
Ferklic is an advocate for students in her community, often seeking information about school curriculum. Her attorneys at the Liberty Justice Center, a national public interest law firm that fights for constitutional rights and educational opportunity, told the school board that blocking Ferklic on social media was unconstitutional.
“Our victory today is a win for transparency and parents advocating for their students,” said Daniel Suhr, senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center. “Government officials cannot block people they do not like on social media. BCSC now must stop cutting off parents and instead direct those efforts to teaching students.”
Just two days after receiving the letter from Liberty Justice Center, BCSC School Board President Eric Hylton said Snapp had unblocked Ferklic.
“It is my right to know what the Superintendent is doing and saying,” said Kristin Ferklic, taxpayer and mother of a former Brownsburg Community School Corporation student. “While I am glad that Dr. Snapp has removed the block from social media, I look forward to a day when true respect for public access law is observed across the corporation.”
The demand letter was sent to the BCSC Board of Education June 2, 2021.