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candycanes Plano Christian Candy Cane Dispute Reaches High Court

In this photo illustration, candy canes are seen sprawled across a table. (credit: MLeWallpapers.com)

PLANO (AP) – A North Texas religious group’s fight over allowing Christian-themed holiday items in schools and the accountability of educators has reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Plano-based Liberty Institute filed an appeal Thursday.

A federal appeals court in September ruled that two elementary school principals in Plano are immune from liability for stopping students from handing out the religious items in late 2003.

Four families sued in 2004, claiming their youngsters were banned from giving away pencils saying “Jesus is the reason for the season” and candy canes with cards describing their Christian origin.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Lynn Swanson and Jackie Bomchill had qualified immunity from facing court damages. But the court ruled that the principals may have violated the children’s free-speech rights.

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