The Hilliard City School District has filed a lawsuit against Democratic candidate Morgan Harper, who briefly attended a student walkout earlier this week.
HILLIARD, Ohio — The Hilliard City School District has filed a lawsuit against a Democratic candidate running for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio.
In an email to parents, the district said the candidate showed up to Thursday’s student walkout without permission. The candidate has been identified as Morgan Harper, according to her campaign team.
Harper is one of three Democratic candidates vying for the open US Senate seat vacated by Sen. Rob Portman.
Harper’s campaign said she was there for about 15 minutes, spoke to the students and left.
Students left Hilliard Darby High School on Thursday to protest Bill 616, seen by some as the equivalent of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The bill would restrict both teaching and materials on sexual orientation and gender identity through fourth grade in all public schools and most private schools. It would also ban critical race theory.
Harper’s campaign said she was invited by student organizers who told the campaign they had informed school administrators that she would be attending.
“Without the consent of appropriate district personnel, an authorized person – a candidate for political office – entered school property without permission. School administrators were not participating in the event, but rather were monitoring away and in full view of students. Darby and district leaders were not made aware of his intention to attend or of his presence on school property, in clear violation of our visitor policies.” , indicates the letter of the district.
The district informed Harper through his attorney that he was prohibited from being on school property. The district also plans to file a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission.
A police report has been filed with the Hilliard Police Division, but is not yet available.
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