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St. Paul dad sues school over anti-abortion fliers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A father is accusing a St. Paul charter school of violating his six-grade daughter's right to free speech after administrators prohibited her from passing out anti-abortion fliers.

Nicholas Zinos of St. Paul has filed a federal lawsuit against Nova Classical Academy.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Nova policy requires administrator approval before students hand out materials at school.

The lawsuit alleges the policy gives administrators "unbridled discretion" to limit student speech in violation of the First and 14th amendments. He's seeking an injunction against the school's policy, legal fees and nominal damages.

In an email Saturday, Nova Executive Director Brian Bloomfield wrote the suit was filed on Friday and the school is looking for legal counsel to resolve the issue. He says his staff remains focused on teaching.

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