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Pro-life high school club claims its rights were violated

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A club at Branford high school said it was prevented from handing out pro-life fliers.

Students for Life President Sam Bailey-Loomis wanted to set up a pro-life display at the school. However, she said the principal told her she could not.

"Anytime that we proposed that idea to him, he has denied it every single time," Bailey-Loomis said. "He said our speech is controversial."

She said other groups were allowed to do what she's been trying. She called it a double standard.

"Regardless of our speech, whether it's pro-life or pro-choice, whatever view point, we still have a right to distribute. It's our first amendment right," Bailey-Loomis said.

She said she tried to distribute the fliers during lunch.

"Other groups have set up displays during lunch and have gone to different lunch tables and we have been denied that equal opportunity to do so," said Bailey-Loomis.

Calls to Branford's superintendent were not returned Tuesday.

Michael Krause, the board of education chairman, said the administration was looking into the issue.

"As long as the club is following the same procedures and guidelines as any other club that we have in our high school, there should not be any discrimination," he said.

Students said they took the issue to the Alliance Defending Freedom group, which sent a legal letter to the school. It asked them to stop discriminating and allow students to pass out information.

The group's deadline was Wednesday.

Bailey-Loomis said the school has not responded yet.

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