The following appeared in the _Milpitas Post_ Vol. 37 No. 2, January 13, 1993, of Milpitas
The following appeared in the _Milpitas Post_ Vol. 37 No. 2, January
13, 1993, of Milpitas, CA on page 1.
Superior Court ruling upholds `Wizards' ban, by Christina Kirby
A SUPERIOR court judge has upheld the Milpitas Unified School
District's 2-year-old ban on the Wizards spelling game. The ruling was
handed down last Friday.
The computer game was banned in 1990 by the school board following
complaints from parents that it promoted satanic [sic] worship.
Teachers, seeking to reverse the ban, argued that it infringed on
their rights to choose teaching materials, and broke laws prohibiting
state agencies, such as school districts, from supporting any religion.
The court ruled that the school district had acted within its authority
and had not violated the California constitution by banning the game.
"With all due respect, we don't agree with the court's decision," said
Catherine Porter, an attorney representing the teachers. "Based on the
California constitution, we do believe that we provided significant
evidence to show that the purpose and effect of the ban was religious
and not secular."
Pleased by the ruling, Milpitas Superintendent Jack Mackay said, "We
always thought the board was acting within its authority to maintain a
Porter said Monday that the teachers would be discussing whether or
not to appeal the decision.
E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank