The Edina High School Young Conservatives Club has triumphed in court to preserve its First Amendment rights on school grounds, thanks to an attorney who graduated from Redwood Falls High School in the 1980s.

Erick Kaardal, now an attorney with the firm of Mohrman, Kaardal and Erickson, P.A., worked with the students to file a lawsuit against the Edina school district and its principal, charging the district with violating students’s rights of freedom of speech and association and equal access.

The lawsuit claimed the school district was attempting to place itself above the U.S. Flag Code, and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

On Friday, the Edina High School Young Conservatives Club announced a settlement with the Edina High School administration.

On Friday Kaardal stated, ““This settlement agreement establishes a statewide foundation for conservative student clubs who criticize school policies to operate at Minnesota schools. Edina school staff disbanded the Young Conservatives Club because it ‘disrespected’ flag protesters at a November 2017 Veterans Day Event. Experienced school administrators acknowledged in response to this case that school administrators had not confronted this issue before: conservative students organizing to criticize a public school’s ideology.”