The monument of Junipero Serra next to the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis. Alumni of a San Diego high school named for St. Junipero Serra filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the school’s principal and school board, alleging they skirted the law by voting to remove the saint from the name of the school.
“On July 14, 2021, Thomas More Society Special Counsel filed suit in California Superior Count against Junipero Serra High School Principal Erica Renfree and the San Diego Unified School District, on behalf on a group of the school’s alumni families and residents of the surrounding Tierrasanta community,” the nonprofit law firm announced in a Wednesday press release . “These individuals, collectively self-identifying as ‘Preserve Serra High,’ object to the school district’s unlawful action of renaming the publicly funded high school without any allowance for input from local resident taxpayers.”
“Renfree, the school district, its officials, and up to seventy other individuals are charged with violations of the California and United States Constitutions’ Due Process and Establishment Clauses. The filing also petitions for a Writ of Mandate, a court order to follow the law by correcting its prior actions or ceasing illegal acts,” the release continued.
“This is another example of the ‘cancel culture’ mentality that radical leftist people in education are trying to force on an unwilling American public,” said Thomas More special counsel Charles LiMandri. “Father Serra was a great defender of the indigenous people of California, and he deserves our best efforts to defend his legacy.”
The public high school was founded in 1976 and named for Father Junípero Serra, a Spanish Catholic missionary who lived 1713 to 1784 and founded several missions through modern-day California to minister to Native Americans. Canonized by Pope Francis in 2015, Serra attempted to protect the indigenous people of California from being exploited by Spanish conquistadors.
“The San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees violated citizen rights when they voted to rename the school, as they did so without giving the public sufficient notice of their intent to do so,” the Thomas More Society said. “A letter to […]
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