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Court Weighs District's Ban on Political T-Shirts


A federal appeals court heard arguments yesterday in a case involving a school district's restrictions on political messages on students' clothing.

The case involves a student who was barred from wearing a T-shirt that said "John Edwards '08" to school in the fall of 2007, according to this Associated Press story. The Waxahachie district says its dress code, which bars all non-school messages, promotes pride and reduces distractions to learning, the AP reports.

The audion of the argument in Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School District, before a three-judge panel of the U.S.Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, in New Orleans, is available from this page.


Good for the plaintiff in bringing this suit.

If this is not an unconstitutional infringement I don't know what is.

Just because democracy has been so diminished in our public schools doesn't mean constitutional freedoms can be tossed out as well.

I agree, it violates a child's freedom of speech. When rules are made, do schools align their policy with the constitution? However, when does a child's freedom of speech go to far?

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