Wednesday, January 7, 2009

ACLU SUES FOR GROUP OFFERING ALTERNATIVE RECRUITING TO MILITARY

Monte Mitchell, Winston Salem Journal, NC - The ACLU filed a lawsuit in Wilkes Superior Court on behalf of N.C. Peace Action and a Wilkes County pacifist who says she has been denied access to talk to students about alternative careers to the military. The dis­pute be­tween the school system and Sal Ferrell, a Wilkes representative for N.C. Peace Action, has been going on for nearly four years. Both sides said they regret that the issue is going to court, but both said they are convinced that their side is right.

Ferrell said that military recruiters are allowed in the county high schools to present information to attract students, and she wants to recruit for such groups as AmeriCorps, while also presenting information that could lead students to decide that the military is not the right choice for them. Ferrell says she has tried to talk to students about the same things that military recruiters talk about, including how long the commitments are, the working conditions and other information. . . Laws, the superintendent of Wilkes County Schools, said that the school system's policy allows recruiters to promote the benefits of the recruiter's own program or group, but not to denigrate other groups.

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