WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a student who complained that high school officials violated her free-speech rights when they turned off her microphone during her graduation speech.
The justices refused today to revive a lawsuit filed by Brittany McComb of Henderson, Nev., challenging the actions of Clark County school officials. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against her last March, characterizing the speech as “proselytizing.”
During McComb's speech at the Foothill High School graduation in 2006, officials turned off McComb's microphone when the school valedictorian strayed from an approved text to provide a graphic account of Jesus' crucifixion and credit God for her success in school.
The case is McComb v. Crehan, 08-1566.