Some North Idaho students could get a rare, and rather uncomfortable, lesson in First Amendment rights when a group of anti-abortion protesters greet them Monday morning as the students make their way to school.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that officials with Coeur d'Alene High School have alerted parents that members of a group calling itself the Abolitionist Society of North Idaho are planning an "initiative" this coming week on the city of Coeur d'Alene's public right-of-way in front of the school.
According to the letter to parents, "The group's intention is to engage with high-school students and provide anti-abortion information. It is not the role of our school district to take a stance on this issue, but it is our job to protect freedom of expression/free speech and primarily, to protect our students and their learning environment."
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Coeur d'Alene Police Department said their role will be to ensure that the anti-abortion protesters abide by city ordinances and stay off of school property.
Students are being asked to refrain from the demonstrators and to "exhibit respectful behavior as this group exercises its right to free speech," according to the letter to parents.