Q: Who are the plaintiffs and defendants?
A: Scott Southworth, Amy Schoepke and Keith Bannach, former UW law students, are the original plaintiffs.
Q: Why did the students file the case?
A: The students argue that the mandatory segregated
fee system forced them to support political and ideological
organizations with which they disagree, thus violating their First
Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of association. The
students specifically named 18 campus-related organizations to which
they objected on political, ideological or religious grounds.
Last month Juneau County (WI) District Attorney Scott Southworth sent
out 24 letters to top officials in the county 5 school districtstelling them to suspend sex education classes
in their schools or face possible charges of contributing to the
delinquency of a minor. “Forcing our schools to instruct children on
how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in
sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender,” Southworth wrote.
(Someone apparently has a pretty healthy attitude toward sex.)