BOSTON – A Masschusetts man claims in a lawsuit that his free speech rights were violated when he was removed from a public meeting for criticizing school officials in the case of a teenager who committed suicide after allegedly being bullied relentlessly.
Luke Gelinas (guh-LEE'-nuss) filed the lawsuit Tuesday, accusing then-chairman Edward Boisselle (boy-SEHL') of improperly ejecting him from a South Hadley school committee meeting on April 14. Gelinas was critical of school officials' handling of the Phoebe Prince case, which has drawn international attention.
Prince hanged herself at her family's South Hadley home in January. Six students face charges connected to her death.
Gelinas' lawsuit names Boisselle and two town police officers as defendants.
Boisselle has said previously that there was no attempt to infringe on anyone's free speech.