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Deadline extended for MPS lawsuit response

MARSHALL — The deadline for the Marshall Public School District to respond to a lawsuit filed against it in Minnesota District Court has been extended again.

Court documents filed last week gave both MPS and Marshall Middle School Principal Mary Kay Thomas additional time to file responses to a lawsuit over a rainbow LGBT pride flag hug in the middle school cafeteria last year. Instead of June 7, the school district and Thomas now have until July 12 to file their responses.

The lawsuit, filed April 22, claims the school district violated a student’s First Amendment rights by taking away a petition he had started in support of removing the rainbow flag. The lawsuit also claims the school district’s policies on flag displays are not “viewpoint neutral.”

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, a group called Marshall Concerned Citizens and Grant Blomberg, are demanding a jury trial, court documents said.

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