Okla. Students, Educators Claim ‘Censorship’ Concerns In Complaint Filed In US District Court Regarding HB 1775
Beverly Cantrell - October 20, 2021 2:24 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY –
A group of students and educators filed a complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court against several state and educational bodies over “censorship” in the classroom from State House Bill 1775.
HB 1775 was passed with an emergency order earlier this spring. It sought to limit public school teachers from referring to race or gender in the classroom.
The lawsuit was filed by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Oklahoma, and pro bono counsel Schulte Roth & Zabel, L.L.P. on behalf of plaintiffs the Black Emergency Response Team (BERT); the University of Oklahoma Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (OU-AAUP); the Oklahoma State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP-OK); the American Indian Movement (AIM) Indian Territory on behalf of itself and its members who are public school students and teachers, a high school student, and Oklahoma public high school teachers Anthony Crawford and Regan Killackey.