Skip to comments.Texas students sue to carry purses decorated with Confederate flag
Posted on 02/10/2007 3:04:28 PM PST by Stoat
By Martha Deller
DALLAS - Two Burleson High School students filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the Burleson school district over a year-old incident in which school officials denied them the right to carry Confederate battle flag purses to school.
Attorneys for the Southern Legal Resource Center prepared the lawsuit on behalf of Aubrie Michelle McAllum and Ashley Paige Thomas, who contend their constitutional rights were violated in January 2006 when school officials prevented them from carrying their new purses to school.
The teens were not punished for carrying the purses, but were sent home when they refused to turn them over. They were also told not to bring them to school again. The next day, when they returned to school with the purses wrapped in black cloth marked "censored," they were again sent home.
The lawsuit alleges that the district selectively applied the dress code by singling out the Confederate flag for exclusion while permitting students to wear other controversial symbols, including the swastika.
After a lengthy appeals process in which the girls' attorneys attempted to get the district to lift the ban on the flag attire, the federal lawsuit is seeking a declaration that the girls' rights were violated, removal of any disciplinary action from their records and unspecified monetary damages.
The suit names high school principal Paul Cash as well as school trustees.
It's a shame that it has taken a year in order for this lawsuit to get rolling, but I'm delighted that it's moving forward and Southern heritage is being defended.
It seems that whenever I see anything about Texas posted here at Free Republic, it's always about something GOOD happening there, and this is no exception.
Although I'm a Yankee Northerner and am trapped in the People's Republic of Washington State, this sort of thing makes me proud of our country and makes me want to visit the Lone Star State!
I will personally roll out the carpet for ya!
I lived in WA for 3 years.
Thanks for supporting us Texans. Now do you have advice on how we can get rid of our socialist RINO governor?
I wonder what would have happened had they shown up with La Raza/Aztlan propaganda on their purses?
I hope the girls take the district to the cleaners. They allow swastikas. I'm also sure that they allow African heritage/centric clothing. More than likely anything Mexicali is allowed to be displayed. It's about damn time that someone stood up and screamed ENOUGH of this politically correct bullsh*t.
If course, it would have been just fine if they wore shirts depicting Che Guevera or Mao.
How about when they show up with swastikas?
No. Go SPURS!!!
Now you know where I live! ;o)
They would go to the head of the class.
ACLU would defend them.
ACLU would defend them.
Oh for the Lord's sake! Haven't people anything better to do with their lives than to nit-pick and take affront over every little thing that they disagree with? Confederate battle flag purses being the latest object of a law suit - why not sue the Code Pink gals for wearing offensive T shirts, I could you know. Stupid is as Stupid does! Throw this out of court. Dumb, dumb, and dumber! GET A LIFE school officials - at least the girls showed some imagination when they returned with the bags marked "censored" - give them an A and fail the school board for being so politically correct.
Like Cuban says "You must live down by that dirty little creek." just kidding! I love the river walk.
I was at the game here when he was wearing that shirt:
"I went to the Riverwalk and all I got was a rash!"
OTOH, San Antonians will ALWAYS love Avery Johnson, whose birthday is the day after mine!
You might be right.... ~sigh~
The ACLU only defends the leftists and Democrats.
I agree. But I hope these girls win. I went to a school that waved the confederate flag. It's part of our history that I think should serve as a reminder of our departure from slavery. People overlook the fact that the Civil War was not 'just' about slavery.
Southern culture gets this Michigan Yankee's support.
awwwwww! Thank you very much!
I have a cowboy hat that I can wear, but I bought it in Australia....I hope that will be okay for me to wear?
I suppose I really ought to buy a Stetson at a feed and tack store instead.
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