Teen Screen Lawsuit Advances: Federal Court Affirms Family’s Right to Sue School

A federal court has given the green light to a civil rights lawsuit filed by Rutherford Institute attorneys in defense of a 15-year-old Indiana student who was subjected by school officials to a controversial mental health examination without the knowledge or consent of her parents. In ruling that the lawsuit filed on behalf of Chelsea Rhoades and her parents, Michael and Teresa Rhoades, may proceed to trial, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana upheld the claims that the local school district deprived the Rhoades family of their federal constitutional rights to family integrity and privacy when it subjected Chelsea to the TeenScreen examination. A copy of the lawsuit is available here.

This ruling rightly recognizes that parents have an intrinsic right to control their childrens education, as well as safeguard their mental and physical well-being, stated John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.

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