Thecasenowbeforeusrepresentsarelativelysmallpartoftheplaintiffs’largersuit.Thecomplaintmountsfacialandas-appliedchallengestoseveralversionsofPISD’sstudent-speechpolicy,alongwithclaimsagainstsixschoolofficialsintheirofficial and individualcapacities.Thesevariousclaimsareproceedingin pieces. We have already considered andrejectedafacialchallengetooneversionofPISD’sstudent-speechpolicy.
SeeMorgan v.PlanoIndep. Sch. Dist.
),589F.3d740(5thCir.2009).The as-applied challenge to theschoolpolicyandtheofficial-capacityclaims will proceed on their own timetable. In otherwords, this is not our first word on the issues in this case, and it will likely not be our last.
Athirdstudent,MichaelaWade,alsoassertsclaimsagainstSwanson.However, thecomplaintplainlyindicatesthat“[t]heWadePlaintiffsdonotseekdamages”;theirallegationsareofferedonlyinsupportoftheplaintiffs’claimsforequitablerelief.This is an appeal fromadenialofqualified-immunity,whichisanimmunityfromclaimsfordamagesonly.
Orellana v. Kyle
,65F.3d29,33(5thCir.1995)).Like the district court below, we do not consider the Wade incident indetermining Swanson’s entitlement to immunity.
Morgan v. Swanson
vacated and reh’g granted
,628F.3d705(5thCir.2010) (en banc).
, 628 F.3d at 705.
3variousways,preventedthemfromevangelizingwhileatschool.Morespecifically, the linchpin of the plaintiffs’ claims is that they have beenprohibited from distributing written religious materials while at school.Beforeustodayaretwoindividualdefendants’motions to dismiss forqualifiedimmunity.
Jonathan Morgan and Stephanie Versher (with theirparents) bring damages claims against, respectively, Lynn Swanson, principalofThomasElementarySchool,andJackieBomchill,formerprincipalofRasorElementarySchool.
The district court denied Swanson and Bomchill’s jointmotiontodismissforqualifiedimmunity.The principals appealed, and a panelofthisCourtaffirmed.
The principals petitioned for rehearing en banc, and wegranted their motion.
PlaintiffJonathanMorgan alleges that Principal Swanson violated hisFirstAmendmentrightsinconnectionwithaso-called “winter-break” party atThomas Elementary in December of 2003. The winter-break parties were