Judge: OK for boy to pass out Easter invitations

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge says an elementary school was wrong when it banned a fourth-grader from passing out invitations to a religious-themed Easter egg hunt.

U.S. District Judge James D. Whittlemore issued an injunction Friday. It came after the Hillsborough County schools did not object to an earlier magistrate's ruling that the boy's First Amendment rights had been violated when his school's principal barred him from passing out the invitations.

The boy was not named. His mother, Kimberly Gilio, contacted Christian legal organizations, which filed the lawsuit.

The boy had asked permission last April to distribute the invitations during a non-instructional period. They invited children to the church-sponsored event where they could learn "the true meaning of Easter."

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