Parents sue over citations in offensive sign case

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CORRY, Pa. (AP) – The parents of two students who were charged and fined $50 each for having an offensive sign at a Pennsylvania high school football game last fall are suing the police, county prosecutor, and school officials saying their free speech rights were violated.

The Erie Times-News first reported the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the parents of the Corry Area High School students who were cited following the school’s homecoming game on Sept. 27.

A local district judge found the boys, ages 16 and 17, guilty of disorderly conduct before an Erie County Common Pleas judge overturned the conviction on the grounds that the offensive sign – which read “# 32 sucks)” – was protected speech and not “fighting words” that are not protected under state law.

Police and school district officials didn’t immediately comment on the lawsuit.

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