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  • Top local stories of 2012 — number 8: Camdenton R-III settles ACLU lawsuit

  • As 2012 winds down, the Lake Sun looks back at some of the stories that made the biggest impact in Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties.
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  • The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, filed a lawsuit against the Camdenton R-III School District in August 2011 to unblock several non-sexual pro-LGBT websites on school computers.
    After months of debate, discussion and public forum, the suit finally settled on March 27, ending with the district unblocking the websites in question by modifying its website filters.
    The district also had to pay $125,000 to the ACLU for attorney fees. The lawsuit stirred parents and citizens alike from the time it was first filed in August 2011, especially after an unnamed Camdenton High School student joined the suit on ACLU's side.
    A large crowd had gathered at a special meeting voicing their opinions and hopes that the district should do everything it could to win.
    But even though the district claimed a victory in March 2012 — Superintendent Tim Hadfield said the district’s goal remained intact — many members of the community called it a defeat and an encroachment on parental and school rights by an outside body.
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