Family Files Civil Rights Suit Against School District

Aug 3, 2018

An Illinois high school student and her father are suing a school district and several administrators alleging her civil rights were violated when she showed support for gun rights during an anti-school violence walkout.

16-year-old Madison Oster and her father, Jeremy Oster, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Rockford this week. The lawsuit names the Hononegah Community High School District 207, Superintendent Michael J. Dugan, high school executive associate principal Chad Dougherty and principal Eric Flohr as defendants.

The Osters allege that Madison and about five other students who demonstrated support for gun rights were discriminated against during the March 14 walkout. 

Assistant Superintendent Kim Suedbeck said that the district hadn't been served with the lawsuit and declined to comment further.