DOJ files statement of interest in SC ‘disturbing schools’ law

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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.

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