In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action challenging under the First Amendment a high school's decision that a music piece could not be played at a graduation ceremony because it could be seen as endorsing religion, judgment for defendants is affirmed where the district's action in keeping all musical performances at graduation entirely secular in nature was reasonable in light of the circumstances surrounding a high school graduation, and therefore it did not violate plaintiff's right to free speech.
Argued and Submitted January 22, 2009
Filed September 8, 2009
Opinion by Judge Tallman
Dissent by Judge Smith
Michael A. Patterson, Patterson Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer, PS, Seattle, WA