February 19, 2019 | Professor Barry P. McDonald is quoted in the Los Angeles Times front-page article, “A School District Found Out About an Apple Farmer’s Controversial Tweets. He Sued When They Cancelled Their Field Trips.” When the Claremont Unified School district notified Riley Farms they would be discontinuing trips to the apple farm, James Riley countered with a lawsuit alleging violation of his first amendment right to free speech and 14th amendment right to equal treatment.
Excerpt from “A School District Found Out About an Apple Farmer’s Controversial Tweets”
Barry P. McDonald, a Pepperdine University law professor who teaches a course on the 1st Amendment, thinks Riley’s case is “interesting” but probably a “loser.”
“The court would likely say the government’s job is to teach kids appropriate values,” he said. “In [Riley’s] instance, to force the school district into a business transaction where such offensive things are being tweeted, would be inimical to the school’s intent to teach respect and tolerance for others.”
The complete article may be found here
Professor McDonald was also interviewed regarding the Los Angeles Times article on the KPCC radio program AirTalk with Larry Mantle.
The KPCC radio program may be found here