Ok, lawyers among us, I am asking for your advice:
Across the street from my daughter’s high school, a woman who lives in my neighborhood bought a second house. Every Thursday, she buys food and serves free lunch to any junior or senior high school student who wants to come over to this house, whether or not they have permission to go to this house and eat this free lunch. (These students presumably have permission to leave the building at lunch.) The purpose of these free lunches is to–wait for it–proselytize for her church. I don’t know much about what church she belongs to, but I think it may be the Calvary Baptist Church just across the road from our subdivision. I don’t know this woman personally, so I can’t vouch for the degree of zaniness in operation here. Let’s assume it’s past 10 on the crazy-meter scale.
The principal of the school just wrote the parents a note explaining that the school is aware of this free lunch and unable to stop it from taking place; instead, he is alerting parents to the option of instructing their children not to go if they do not want them to. He notes that the County Health Board has not apparently approved the group as a food vendor (even free soup kitchens have to be publicly approved).
My question is, is there some way to argue that the church nut is taking advantage of the presence of the school (which, as a public entitity, is an extension of the state) to expand her church business? If she was handing out condoms or giving free showings of pornography, presumably, we could demand that the police issue a cease-and-desist order. But here we are in a grey area because she is not doing anything unsafe, other than giving out food that hasn’t been specifically approved for this purpose, and other than not obtaining permission from parents to gather students at this private home.
Can anyone help me put together a good legal argument against what this woman is doing? (Sorry, I can’t find a picture of the house, but it sits south of the school, on the other side of the football field from the building.)
And no, my daughter doesn’t go to the Thursday lunches. She has much too much sense for that.