La Jolla High School Principal Orders Senior Benches Be Removed

UPDATE: After the ACLU issued the following press release, the School District agreed to order Principal Shelburne not to remove the benches prior to next week’s court hearing.

In a rash act of administrative arrogance, the Principal of La Jolla High School (LJHS) Dana Shelburne revealed that he intends to remove the “senior benches” from the LJHS campus as early as Tuesday, the ACLU learned today. The senior benches have been a cherished tradition of the LJHS community for decades and a forum for a wide variety of student speech. When Shelburne censored protected political speech in praise of pro-democracy demonstrators painted on the benches in February, the ACLU intervened, attempting to resolve the matter without litigation but ultimately having to sue. (Our press release can be found