University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Kenny v. Wilson"
Date Mar 16, 2017
Author American Civil Liberties Union
External Link https://www.aclu.org/cases/kenny-v-wilson
Abstract The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law. The law allows students in school to be criminally charged for normal adolescent behaviors including loitering, cursing, or undefined “obnoxious” actions on school grounds. The ACLU is also challenging a similarly vague “disorderly conduct” law, which prohibits students from conducting themselves in a “disorderly or boisterous manner.” The statutes violate due process protections of the Constitution.

The ACLU found that hundreds of students — some as young as 7 years old — are being charged under a far-reaching and nebulous “disturbing schools” law for behaviors such as loitering, cursing, or undefined “obnoxious” actions on school grounds. The statute also has a chilling effect on students who speak out against policing abuses in schools. Black girls and boys are nearly four times as likely to be targeted under the law.
Source aclu.org


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case Kenny v. Wilson (CJ-SC-0001)

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