Questions Raised About First Amendment Violation In Aftermath of Radio Talk Show Host's Comments

By Andy Mehalshick

Published 07/30 2014 06:48PM

Updated 07/30 2014 07:27PM

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County-Rob Neyhard says is being punished by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District simply because he expressed a negative opinion about the district and one of it's high schools. Neyhard questioned the safety of G.A.R High School students and teachers based on part on what he thought was a lack of respect shown by students. Neyhard said, "I made those comments as a lot of violent crimes were happening near the school's neighborhood. I did not try to paint the school district and all of its students with the same broad brush." The school board terminated a contract it had with Service Electric Cable TV Company on Tuesday night saying they did not want Neyhard to broadcast any of it's sporting events. Neyhard works part time for Service Electric. Attorney Tom Marsilio from Wilkes-Barre thinks the school board acted within its legal rights. Marsilio said, " This is an employment issue not a free speech issue. The school district can select any company it wants to do business with." People who have children who attend G.A.R reacted to Neyhard's comments.  Joann Eipper said, "It is a very good school with great teachers and students. It is not all negative." Neyhard says he is not ruling out any option including a lawsuit based on alleged violation of his First Amendment Rights of free speech.

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