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Marion woman, who was removed from a school board meeting late August, files lawsuit

According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, a Marion woman is suing the Linn-Mar School District, claiming she has been banned from attending school board meetings for the next year because she disrupted a board meeting in August.

The Gazette writes that Amanda Pierce Synder, a resident of the Linn-Mar district, was removed from an August 29 school board meeting after she disrupted members’ conversation and refused the school board president’s request to stop speaking. The board asked a Marion police officer to exclude Synder from the meeting after she refused to stop speaking. The public may only speak during authorized public comment sessions, per Iowa law. The Gazette has obtained a video depicting Synder’s removal from the conference.

On August 31, according to Synder, she received a letter from the school board. According to the Gazette, the letter claimed that she had broken board regulation regarding visitors to the school and attendance at school board meetings. The letter told Synder that she could not attend board meetings for the next year. Synder contends in her lawsuit that there is nothing in school board policy that authorizes the school board or district employees to prohibit attendance at meetings.

According to the Gazette, Alan Ostergren represents Synder and is also suing the Linn-Mar district over its transgender policy. Kevin Fry, the director of communications for Linn-Mar, informed the Gazette that the school district does not comment on pending litigation.

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