School district, ACLU reach settlement in filtering lawsuit


The Camdenton School District allows students or employees to submit a request for access to a blocked website. School officials then view the site and decide whether to override the filtering service.

Laughrey had said in granting the preliminary injunction that this system doesn’t go far enough, because it “stigmatizes, or at least burdens, websites expressing a positive view toward LGBT individuals.”

There was no immediate response to an Associated Press eMail sent to URLBlacklist.com, and no phone number was listed on the site. However, there was an apology posted on the site last month, noting that efforts were being made to remove sites that had been incorrectly categorized as sexual and reduce the likelihood of the “mistake” in the future.

The ACLU first addressed the issue of web filtering in 2009 when it filed suit over access to LGBT websites in the Knoxville and Nashville school districts in Tennessee. The districts ultimately agreed to stop using filtering software to block those sites.

Since then, the organization has received numerous complaints that schools are continuing to block LGBT sites, prompting the national campaign. The ACLU identified the schools it is contacting by working with the Yale Law School on the “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which asked students to check to see if their schools are blocking content by having them look up LGBT sites.

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