Student who used 'God bless' signoff is back on school TV

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2004

DUPO, Ill. (AP) A high school senior who was suspended from his daily school TV newscast for saying ''God bless'' is back on screen.

Officials at Dupo High School dropped James Lord, 17, from his anchor spot in December when he ignored warnings against that signoff. Lord appealed, arguing that the school violated his First Amendment rights.

School Board President Brian Thompson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Lord has agreed to not make ''God bless'' a staple and the board has no problem with occasional use of the phrase.

The suspension, supposed to last until Feb. 1, was ended early after the school board met Lord in closed session.

''I'm satisfied,'' Lord said. ''It shouldn't have been a big deal in the first place. I was kind of tired of dealing with all this, but I'm not doing it just for me. I'm doing it for everyone else.''

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