The Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Association is suing Mansfield City Schools in federal court, claiming the district violated its civil rights when it withdrew permission for a controversial tea party event to be held on school grounds.

The non-school event was a presentation by Usama Dakdok, characterized by some as "anti-Islam," on the evening of March 28.

Mansfield Superintendent Dan Freund announced the morning March 28 that the school would not host the tea party event and cited safety concerns about the number of people who would turn out to support or oppose Dakdok.

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