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Galveston ISD Threatens to Sue Watchdog Group

Today’s lesson on the Constitution, and such amendments to it as, say, the First, will not be given in Galveston schools.

That’s because the folks at Galveston ISD seem to have only the foggiest idea of what the First Amendment is about.

The school district’s lawyer is threatening to sue the Web site GISDWatch for having the temerity to criticize school board members.

Of course, the lawyer says, it’s not the fact that they’re being criticized that is causing the lawsuit threat. It’s because some of the criticisms are libelous, even if they involve publicly elected officials.

Plus, lawyer David Feldman told the Galveston County Daily News, one poster on the Web site posted using GISD superintendent Lynne Cleveland’s name and then made fun of her various team-building slogans.

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“It’s like you’ve been figuratively raped,” he told the newspaper, somehow failing to add “But then again, it’s obvious I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.”

Christopher Cottrell, co-founder of the Katy Citizen Watchdog$ (the school-district watchdog that’s inspired dozens of such groups in Texas), wrote an open letter to GISD:

When did having a differing view warrant legal action? When did school board trustees and superintendents forget that they report to the voters? When did school districts decide that they have some divine right to rule an area as a fiefdom?

We’re sure GISD will respond any day now. -- Richard Connelly

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