Details about Hillsborough's campus preacher
Our report on David Gaskill, a minister to student athletes accused of crossing the line when it comes to Hillsborough school district policy about volunteering on campus, raises interesting issues. Exactly what was Gaskill, 55, accused of doing? And what was the legal basis for banning him from campus.
This is the complaint filed on April 13 by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. We obtained it on the Internet; not through the school district, which has been taking great care to redact any information that could compromise student privacy. Like the district, we didn't want to show images of students that were included on the FCA Tampa Bay Facebook page. So we have not included the more than 40 photos and videos that were attached to the complaint.
The document also cites legal decisions about proselytizing in the schools. For Hillsborough officials, it was a straightforward decision: Gaskill never submitted to the correct background screening, and he violated district policies about advocating his organization's religious beliefs while interacting with students.