RIPPLE, Circuit Judge.
Gregory Samuelson brought this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the district court against LaPorte Community School Corporation (“LSC”). His complaint alleged violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments and the Indiana Constitution. After discovery, Mr. Samuelson and LSC filed cross-motions for summary judgment. Mr. Samuelson’s response to LSC’s motion abandoned his claims under the Fourteenth Amendment and the Indiana Constitution. The district court granted summary judgment on Mr. Samuelson’s remaining First Amendment claims. Mr. Samuelson timely appealed.
Conclusion (slip op. at 17): We affirm the judgment of the district court.
Key Analysis (slip op. at 12, 16-17): LSC’s chain-of-command policy, when fairly read in its totality, does not constitute a prior restraint because it does not restrict any speech protected by the First Amendment . . . The speech addressed by LSC’s chain-of-command policy is speech grounded in the public employee’s professional duties and therefore is not protected by the First Amendment . . . In short, Mr. Samuelson has failed to establish that the instances that he claims are protected expression played a role in the decision of the Board. Consequently, the district court properly granted summary judgment to LSC on Mr. Samuelson’s First Amendment retaliation claims.