School wants court to dismiss lawsuit

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Attorneys for Augusta State University have asked a U.S. District Court to dismiss counseling graduate student Jennifer Keeton's lawsuit against the school, in which she contends the faculty violated her free-speech rights.

Jennifer Keeton said ASU faculty violated her free-speech rights.   File/Staff
File/Staff
Jennifer Keeton said ASU faculty violated her free-speech rights.

The motion filed Friday asks the court to either throw out the case or to require Keeton to present more specific evidence against the school.

As presented, ASU attorneys said, Keeton's claims are so vague that it is "impossible to determine the factual basis for each claim."

The filing is in response to Keeton's Aug. 23 appeal of Judge J. Randal Hall's ruling in the case that ASU was justified in asking Keeton to complete a remediation plan after she objected to counseling homosexuals.

The remediation plan required Keeton to attend counseling workshops, read counseling journals regarding gays and increase her exposure to the gay population.

Faculty members required Keeton to complete a plan after she wrote in a term paper regarding homosexuals that "it would be hard (for her) to work with this population."

Keeton filed a lawsuit against the university July 21, alleging she was "being forced to change her religious views."

The faculty said that it was only asking Keeton to "make certain her own beliefs and values do not interfere with her ability to counsel clients who do not share those same values," according to Friday's filing.

Attorneys for ASU asked the court to dismiss the case Friday based on several circumstances.

The defense contended Keeton has not shown she is entitled to monetary or injunctive relief because documents used as evidence did not support her claims.

"The conclusory or speculative allegations, unwarranted deductions of fact and mischaracterizations of evidence made in (Keeton's) complaint are not accepted as true in the face of documents ... demonstrating otherwise," the filing stated.

Defense attorneys also cite the 11th Amendment as protection for the faculty against Keeton's claims, saying state agencies and officers cannot be sued directly, regardless of relief sought.

In her lawsuit, Keeton included state officers, including members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, alleging only that those officials enforce general policies and govern students at ASU.

ASU faculty members also said they did not violate the U.S. Constitution by asking Keeton to complete the remediation plan.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/25/10 - 07:40 am
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Asking the courts to throw

Asking the courts to throw out the case under appeal is the natural next step for the school attorneys.

I'd like to see a definite decision as to whether homosexuality should be taught and/or promoted in public schools.

isaaxk
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isaaxk 09/25/10 - 08:19 am
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I don't see that happening

I don't see that happening Cliff. Homosexuality can't be taught; only information and furthering education can lead a person to acceptance or not accepting.

Besides, Gay-Straight Alliances already exist in most larger schools, but these are student operated groups formed to help bring a level of understanding and acceptance for the students.

airbud7
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airbud7 09/25/10 - 09:23 am
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Make certain her own beliefs

Make certain her own beliefs and values do not interfere with her ability to counsel clients who do not share those same values.../ Why does she have a problem with that???

dougk
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dougk 09/25/10 - 09:54 am
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Because she believes that
Unpublished

Because she believes that people who don't hold her values are holding the "wrong" values and she intends to take it upon herself to impose the "right" values upon them under the auspices of counseling.

The Shadow
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The Shadow 09/25/10 - 01:10 pm
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I hope they dismiss it. Her

I hope they dismiss it. Her proof is very, very lacking!

freeradical
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freeradical 09/25/10 - 01:21 pm
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Maybe the court would be more

Maybe the court would be more inclined to dismiss if school's lily white

attorneys were allowed to withdraw the race card they played from the

record?

"What then would we do with someone who had a problem with
black people"
(Augusta State Attorneys)

corgimom
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corgimom 09/25/10 - 01:38 pm
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"Faculty members required

"Faculty members required Keeton to complete a plan after she wrote in a term paper regarding homosexuals that "it would be hard (for her) to work with this population.""

She said it, now she gets to live with what she said.

I think it's great that she's working at Augusta Christian- that's just where she belongs, instead of public schools where all types of kids go, including gay children.

freeradical
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freeradical 09/25/10 - 05:18 pm
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I agree, every statistic

I agree, every statistic available shows how private schools match up to

public, in every catagory.

The key to their overwhleming success in every catagory over public

education is the total acceptance of foundational morals, not reprobate

behavior.

I really don't know why anyone is surprised she would work for the

superior system.

dougk
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dougk 09/25/10 - 06:01 pm
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That's really cool,
Unpublished

That's really cool, then.....we're all happy. If that's the case, she needs to leave ASU alone.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/25/10 - 07:06 pm
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Hey freeradical, sure, we all

Hey freeradical, sure, we all know that every kid that goes to private school is a paragon of virtue. They are upstanding in EVERY WAY.

overwhleming<------ note spelling

Private school education, perhaps?

fftaz71
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fftaz71 09/25/10 - 09:13 pm
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freeradical...I grew up in

freeradical...I grew up in the Catholic school system. Let me tell you that 100% does not guarrantee there are not gay students with questions...in fact, if there ARE gay students with questions, they probably need their guidance counselor more than anything. Let me share a sad fact...when I graduated from high school, I went to a small, all girls school, one half of my class were either pregnant or single mothers...some had more than one child at 17. So...Im sorry, but aside from the fact that these kids in christian schools get a religious education and a tighter discipline, they really are no different than the kids that go to public schools. Its a sad fact, but its the truth.

freeradical
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freeradical 09/25/10 - 09:30 pm
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Negative fftaz71, Just in

Negative fftaz71,

Just in terms of graduation rates alone private is way ahead.

And in every catagory after that.

Including fewer pregnant students.

The result of refusing to give "positive affirmation" to the lowest

common immoral denominators

LCC0256
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LCC0256 09/26/10 - 04:57 pm
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her beliefs are being

her beliefs are being attacked and her rights abridged by these people in academia...the fact that augusta college is awarding degrees based on political correctness is nothing new. The fact that you have to be LICENSED by the GIVErMEnt is just another form of CONTROL BY THE GIVErnMEnt of our ability to earn a living ... by the way not only have i sent my last contribution to this college but i am returning my worthless degree from said pathetic institution... my only regret is that i have elected not to return it to that buffoon bloodworth personally with my latex gloves to a spot that his friendly neighborhood proctologist would find amusing....

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