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Gov. Jay Nixon.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Kansas City school district over its punishment of a student who displayed the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture while Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was giving a speech.

Nixon was at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy last month when 14 students held up their hands in protest of the Ferguson police shooting. The ACLU sued Monday on behalf of the mother of one of the students. The suit said the Saturday detention the woman’s daughter was ordered to serve violated the girl’s First Amendment right to free speech.

The Kansas City Star reported that the district has said students faced discipline for refusing to sit down, not for exercising their right to free expression. The district didn’t immediately respond to The Associated Press.
Information from: The Kansas City Star