CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit that challenges South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law, which makes it a crime to act in an obnoxious manner on school grounds.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the law was written nearly a century ago to protect girls’ schools from intruders. The law has since been used to arrest students in South Carolina schools.
In August, the American Civil Liberties Union helped file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order that would stop police from enforcing the disturbing schools law.
The DOJ’s filing on Monday states that it’s the department’s duty to protect children’s behavior from being criminalized.