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Lawsuit filed against Ankeny Community School District and staff for retaliation against parent for exercise of free speech and petition rights.

Today, June 16, 2021, the law office of Alan R. Ostergren, PC announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the Ankeny Community School District and an elementary principal for acts of retaliation against Kimberly Reicks, a parent in the school district.

The details of the acts of retaliation are set forth in the petition.

“Because she spoke up to the school board, they put her child in a plexiglass enclosure” said Alan Ostergren, the attorney for Reicks. “The timing was unmistakable-the district administration was clearly upset with this mother for questioning the mask policy. Regardless of how you feel about mask policies, we should all be able to agree that a kindergartener should not be punished because her mother is exercising her constitutional rights,” Ostergren added. “It is important to fight back against this unconstitutional act by the district and its employees,” Ostergren said.

The lawsuit was filed in the Iowa District Court for Polk County. It alleges violation of Reicks’ rights under the Iowa and United States constitutions.

Alan Ostergren is an attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. His firm’s website is ostergrenlaw.com.