What Happens When a High School Freshman Takes a Stand for Her Constitutional Rights?

February 28, 2020
Daniela Barca - Her Story | First Liberty

by Liberty McArtor • 2 min read

First Liberty’s client, Daniela Barca, knows firsthand that being a Christian in school can be lonely. That’s why last summer, she decided to start a club to provide fellowship and encouragement for her Christian classmates who shared her faith.

With the help of a teacher, Daniela, a high school freshman, submitted an official application to start the club. Shockingly, school officials denied her application—not once, but twice—because of its Christian nature.

A school district official even suggested that a club meeting “to gather and talk about spreading the hope of Jesus” could not be recognized as an official club unless it modified its viewpoint to something more “generic” and “couldn’t limit it to the Christian faith.”

But Daniela wasn’t about to stand idle knowing that her constitutional rights were being violated. She contacted First Liberty Institute for legal help…and the rest, as they say, is history.

In honor of Public Schools Week, Daniela talked with us about her experience, including her reaction when her rights were denied, and what she’s learned about religious freedom.

Watch this exclusive interview with Daniela, and be sure to share her incredible story with other students, teachers and any person of faith:

Thanks to the incredible legal victories we continue to achieve in our nation’s schools, we are embarking on a new era of religious prosperity unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. Right now, students of faith across America must know there’s never been a better time to be bold in their faith.

If you’re a person of faith in school—whether a student, teacher, coach or a staff member—don’t stand idle when someone tries to take away your constitutional rights. You can count on First Liberty Institute to be your greatest hope for victory and we will have your back to make sure that you can keep living it out.

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