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Constitutionality of Yarmouth High "Honor Code" Challenged
04/09/2010 04:17 PM ET  

The court challenge was prompted by the suspension of a lacrosse player from the team for three weeks.

The parents of a Yarmouth High School lacrosse player are challenging the constitutionality of the school's extracurricular honor code after their daughter was suspended from the team when a photo of her holding a beer can was posted on a social networking Web site.

The family's attorney says the school's actions and honor code violated the 16-year-old girl's civil rights, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The school's honor code is a four-page document that students have to sign to participate in sports or other acitivites, the paper reports. Among other requirements is a pledge not to use alcohol on or off school property during, or out of, the activity's season.

The family contends that the code allows the school to monitor and discipline kids "24-7" and allows the government to reach "into our homes," the paper reports.

School officials told the paper that by law -- and out of fairness to the student -- they can't discuss the specifics of the suit. The suit was filed this week in federal court in Portland.



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