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Court Weighs District's Ban on Political T-Shirts

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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.

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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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