Christian School Will Not Pay For Its Alleged Sins

No Supreme Action In Gay Student Expulsion

Florida’s Supreme Court wasn’t feeling very friendly yesterday. Five of the state’s seven justices ruled not to review Jeffrey Woodard’s discrimination lawsuit against his former school, Jupiter Christian School.

The drama started back in 2003, when Woodard came out to the school chaplain. Rather than keeping Woodard’s secret, the pastor blabbed to the Academy’s authorities, who booted Woodward. Woodard and his mother promptly filed a lawsuit, which has worked its way up the system over the past four years.

The school’s lawyers claim that not only did the non-ordained chaplain not have a confidential obligation, but the court can’t enforce pious gag orders. Such a ruling would breach the wall between church and state. That may have motivated the Supreme Court’s decision today, although they refuse to say exactly why they won’t hear Willard’s case.

Justice Barbara Pariente – one of the two dissenters – criticized her colleagues apathy:

The emotional distress Woodard allegedly suffered as a result of the school chaplain’s breach of confidentiality is at least equal to that typically suffered by the victim of a defamation or an invasion of privacy.

A school lawyer described the suit as “frivolous”.