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Texas students sue to carry purses decorated with Confederate flag
The Kansas City Star ^ | February 9, 2007 | Martha Deller

Posted on 02/10/2007 3:04:28 PM PST by Stoat

Texas students sue to carry purses decorated with Confederate flag

By Martha Deller

McClatchy Newspapers

(MCT)

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: ashleythomas; aubriemcallum; burleson; burlesonhighschool; cbf; confederate; confederateflag; crossofsaintandrew; dixie; purses; saintandrewscross; southernheritage; texas
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Girls to fight ban on rebel-flag purses (School says Confederate image violates dress code)

 

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!

 

1 posted on 02/10/2007 3:04:30 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

I will personally roll out the carpet for ya!

I lived in WA for 3 years.


2 posted on 02/10/2007 3:07:40 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Stoat

Thanks for supporting us Texans. Now do you have advice on how we can get rid of our socialist RINO governor?


3 posted on 02/10/2007 3:10:05 PM PST by Right_Wing_Madman
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To: Stoat

I wonder what would have happened had they shown up with La Raza/Aztlan propaganda on their purses?


4 posted on 02/10/2007 3:10:40 PM PST by xrp (Republicans Message: Vote for us, we suck less than Democrats.)
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To: Stoat

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.


5 posted on 02/10/2007 3:10:42 PM PST by MissouriConservative (Libertarian = aid and comfort to the democratic party)
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To: Stoat

If course, it would have been just fine if they wore shirts depicting Che Guevera or Mao.


6 posted on 02/10/2007 3:11:40 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: xrp

How about when they show up with swastikas?


7 posted on 02/10/2007 3:14:21 PM PST by Clara Lou (Hillary: We're going to take some things from you on behalf of the common good. [2004])
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To: Froufrou
Where do yo live? I was born in Edmonds but grew up in Texas. I moved back to Edmonds for about 3 years but moved back to Texas where I have lived for the past 15 years. With no plans of leaving. Go Mavs, Go Rangers, Go Stars, Go Seahawks.
8 posted on 02/10/2007 3:15:48 PM PST by nativist
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To: nativist

No. Go SPURS!!!

Now you know where I live! ;o)


9 posted on 02/10/2007 3:19:31 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: xrp
"I wonder what would have happened had they shown up with La Raza/Aztlan propaganda on their purses?"

They would go to the head of the class.

10 posted on 02/10/2007 3:21:09 PM PST by trek
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To: xrp
I wonder what would have happened had they shown up with La Raza/Aztlan propaganda on their purses?

ACLU would defend them.

11 posted on 02/10/2007 3:22:55 PM PST by Hacksaw (Appalachian by the grace of God!)
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To: Clara Lou
How about when they show up with swastikas?

ACLU would defend them.

12 posted on 02/10/2007 3:23:39 PM PST by Hacksaw (Appalachian by the grace of God!)
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To: Stoat

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.


13 posted on 02/10/2007 3:24:07 PM PST by yoe ("Take No Prisoners" has a lovely ring to it...............)
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To: Froufrou

Like Cuban says "You must live down by that dirty little creek." just kidding! I love the river walk.


14 posted on 02/10/2007 3:25:28 PM PST by nativist
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To: nativist

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!


15 posted on 02/10/2007 3:27:11 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Hacksaw

You might be right.... ~sigh~


16 posted on 02/10/2007 3:27:24 PM PST by Clara Lou (Hillary: We're going to take some things from you on behalf of the common good. [2004])
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To: Stoat
The 6th Federal Court of Appeals has ruled on this issue a couple of times in favor of the kids that wished to display the Confederate Battle Flag. The NEA supporting leftist Democrat pOs that run the schools have to be taught a lesson, most believe that the liberal judges will side with them as in the 9th Federal Court of Appeals. Not in the SE US.

The ACLU only defends the leftists and Democrats.

17 posted on 02/10/2007 3:28:10 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

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.


18 posted on 02/10/2007 3:32:15 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Stoat

Southern culture gets this Michigan Yankee's support.


19 posted on 02/10/2007 3:32:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Froufrou
I will personally roll out the carpet for ya!

I lived in WA for 3 years.

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.

20 posted on 02/10/2007 3:43:54 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks,,,we don't have a problem with the Battle Flag around here,,yet..but then we also have verbal Prayer in our school...South Alabama...


21 posted on 02/10/2007 3:47:29 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (When the Last Two Prophets are taken there will be no Tommorrow!)
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To: yoe
What is interesting to me about all this is why the left wing elites are so obsessed with destroying the noble legacy of the confederacy. And no I am not talking about slavery. Let us get this well worn canard out of the way by conceding a reluctance to abolish slavery as the ignoble legacy of the confederacy.

Serious defenders of the legacy of the south argue persuasively in my opinion that the Confederates were the true defenders of the original vision the founders had for the nation. The northern mercantilists were more than willing to toss aside the strictures of limited government in general and the Constitution in particular in order to better service their own interests. And given the Leviathan state we face today it is hard to argue that the Confederates were not correct to oppose this.

There was a tension in the Republic from the beginning between those who believed in the benefits of collective authority and those who feared most its tendancy to devolve into tyranny. The right of secession proved to be the wedge issue that those favoring the supremacy of the state over the Constitution used successfully to decide the issue in their favor for both them and their posterity.

By destroying the legacy of the south and obfiscating the true nature of the War Between the States the left has robbed future generations of Americans (north and south) of an important part of their history. It is a vile irony indeed that the War between the States should now be seen exclusively as a war about the enslavement of the blacks when in fact it was a war over the true definition of freedom for white and black alike.

22 posted on 02/10/2007 3:48:56 PM PST by trek
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To: Right_Wing_Madman
Thanks for supporting us Texans. Now do you have advice on how we can get rid of our socialist RINO governor?

You're quite welcome!  Unfortunately, a Washington State resident such as myself isn't going to be any sort of authority on getting good people into office.  We have a fraudulently-placed Governor, a completely corrupt Department of Elections, and some of the most embarrassing officials in the entire Nation here, including but not limited to "Baghdad Jim" McDermott, Patty "Osama isn't so bad" Murray" and many others.  I do my best to support good, sane candidates every election, but every time the good guys are steamrolled by the Marxist hysterics here.   "sigh"

23 posted on 02/10/2007 3:50:18 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Right_Wing_Madman
Now do you have advice on how we can get rid of our socialist RINO governor?

Let the Dims recount the votes a half dozen times?

24 posted on 02/10/2007 3:52:32 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: ApplegateRanch
"Let the Dims recount the votes a half dozen times?"

I believe it was Stalin who said,

It is not who votes that counts but who counts the votes

25 posted on 02/10/2007 4:02:31 PM PST by trek
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To: Stoat

An Australian cowboy hat? Okay, as long as it's not flap-up on one side! LOL!

Resistols are lower cost than Stetson's, I think. Don't know, up there. You have plenty cowboys so you should have hats. Rodeo is going on here. Big deal. $1M purse. We were voted best rodeo this year.

I should probably tell you that we don't wear our cowboy hats everyday. And we don't all of us have oil wells, either! ;o)


26 posted on 02/10/2007 4:05:42 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Stoat
You wear your 'X', and I'll wear mine!


27 posted on 02/10/2007 4:10:33 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: MeekOneGOP; Eaker
Texas Ping!

 

img245/2730/texasak0.jpg

28 posted on 02/10/2007 4:10:36 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

There are lots of books, maybe even many in that school library, that have the Confederate flag on the cover. Kids ought to carry those around the school all day long.


29 posted on 02/10/2007 4:13:14 PM PST by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: trek

Amen brother!

It's interesting how that whole 10th amendment thingy just vaporized in the aftermath of the civil war.

The wrong side won the civil war.


30 posted on 02/10/2007 4:13:33 PM PST by burnitup
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To: trek

I think it's interesting and disturbing that the best recourse they saw was to sue.

Another generation would have insisted on being physically removed from the school.

Still another generation would have antagonized to provoke a real confrontation in defending their rights.


31 posted on 02/10/2007 4:20:46 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: stainlessbanner
Dixie Ping!

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32 posted on 02/10/2007 4:21:42 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Very smart of those girls to stand up for themselves and broadcast "Censored" on their purse(s)!

That took some American Pride Gusto! Way to go ladies!

33 posted on 02/10/2007 4:23:41 PM PST by CourtneyLeigh (Why can't all of America be Commonwealth?)
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To: Right_Wing_Madman

God bless those Texas girls,show that flag!!!!!!!


34 posted on 02/10/2007 4:31:34 PM PST by Plains Drifter (America First, Last, and Always!!!)
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To: Froufrou
An Australian cowboy hat? Okay, as long as it's not flap-up on one side! LOL!

No, it's pretty much a standard-looking cowboy hat   :-)

Resistols are lower cost than Stetson's, I think. Don't know, up there. You have plenty cowboys so you should have hats. Rodeo is going on here. Big deal. $1M purse. We were voted best rodeo this year.

Thanks!  I love the rodeo and go to the events around here as often as I can.

I should probably tell you that we don't wear our cowboy hats everyday. And we don't all of us have oil wells, either! ;o)

I apologize, I didn't mean to invoke a caricature.  I only wanted to show respect to the State.   :-)  Everyone that I've ever met who is from Texas has been EXCEPTIONALLY polite and courteous, and they were never wearing hats in my presence.  I'll make sure to only wear it to the rodeo unless any Texans advise otherwise   :-)

35 posted on 02/10/2007 4:43:17 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: vetvetdoug
"The NEA supporting leftist Democrat pOs that run the schools have to be taught a lesson,"

The are incapable of learning OR teaching..

37 posted on 02/10/2007 5:02:58 PM PST by Abcdefg
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To: All
purse
WFAA-TV
Ashley Thomas said she is proud of her Southern heritage.

See a video report from a year ago that includes an interview with the family as well as the Principal at this link:

Dallas Morning News News for Dallas, Texas Latest News

Strange, they don't mention the point made in this more recent article, about the school allowing swastikas.......


38 posted on 02/10/2007 5:06:21 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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These school administrators have just messed up. You don't mess with a girl's purse...ever.


39 posted on 02/10/2007 5:11:16 PM PST by Libertarianchick
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To: ElkGroveDan

This is America, we should be able to wear/carry whatever the h we want to. Also, if the white boys that go to Tarleton State want to have a black rap party, they should be able to. We are free in America. I'm sick of all this.


40 posted on 02/10/2007 5:30:02 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: Stoat
Although I'm a Yankee Northerner and am trapped in the People's Republic of Washington State

Trapped? The people in East Berlin were trapped. You're just not really interested in leaving.

41 posted on 02/10/2007 5:34:23 PM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: Gunslingr3
Although I'm a Yankee Northerner and am trapped in the People's Republic of Washington State

Trapped? The people in East Berlin were trapped. You're just not really interested in leaving.

Nope, I have responsibilities which keep me here.  I would have left long ago if it were not for that.

Things won't always be this way however, and I will one day be able to find the Promised Land   :-)

42 posted on 02/10/2007 5:48:52 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: StoneWall Brigade; L98Fiero; RFEngineer; DarthDilbert; James Ewell Brown Stuart; Fairview; ...
Dixie Ping

Thanks for the flag, stoat

43 posted on 02/10/2007 6:03:41 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Libertarianchick
These school administrators have just messed up. You don't mess with a girl's purse...ever.

I've combined the elements of this situation to form an equation:

 

img99/4477/chewingsheepbz5.gif

(Brain-dead, politically-correct, leftwing school administrator)

+

(plus)

(  img99/4472/rebelpurseez3.jpg                X        img60/6047/soldierandflag.gif )

 

               (Ladies' purse multiplied by pride in our Nation and it's History)

 

=    img99/1361/sherapt0.jpg       img99/1290/canowoopasspu6.jpg

 

(equals)   (She-Ra, the Warrior Princess opening up a can-o-whoopass)

44 posted on 02/10/2007 6:04:15 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: dandiegirl
That is the point as I see it.

I bow to no one in my loathing of that flag & symbol. This is not about the flag (or at least it should not be). It is about the 1st amendment.

The 1st amendment was designed to protect UNpopular speech. By definition, popular speech needs no defending.

It was not vulgar. I was not clothing like an aggressive t-shirt aimed at creating controversy. It was the BF symbol on a purse.

I hope the school loses big. If they have not already, the kids should contact the ACLJ.
45 posted on 02/10/2007 6:08:55 PM PST by NucSubs (Islam delenda est.)
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To: ConservaTexan

46 posted on 02/10/2007 6:10:38 PM PST by MissouriConservative (Libertarian = aid and comfort to the democratic party)
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To: stainlessbanner
Thanks for the flag, stoat
 

You're quite welcome and thank you for pinging your list   :-)

Hopefully our prayers and good wishes will help these young ladies toward victory in their noble cause.

47 posted on 02/10/2007 6:18:56 PM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: trek

What is interesting to me about all this is why the left wing elites are so obsessed with destroying the noble legacy of the confederacy.


It's not slavery that bothers them it's the idea that the US Constitution means what it says and greatly limits the federal government's authority.


48 posted on 02/10/2007 6:48:03 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Hunter '08)
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To: burnitup

The wrong side won the civil war.


Yes. Unfortunately we'll all either end up as slaves or fight the war over again until we get it right.


49 posted on 02/10/2007 6:51:17 PM PST by freedomfiter2 (Hunter '08)
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To: burnitup
Here is a quibble that will drive the victims of a government education crazy. I raise this question of language only because I was amused by the recent dust up over Bush calling the Democrat Party the Democrat Party.

Don't concede the Unionist position by calling the War Between the States a "Civil War." By calling it a "Civil War" you presuppose the conflict to have been an internal struggle between one people bound together in a single indivisible nation. But in a very real sense the proposition that the United States were one nation indivisible was the fundamental issue in dispute between the parties.

Referring to the conflict as the "War Between the States" is a relatively neutral way to describe accurately the conflict. If you want to give the unionists a taste of their own medicine refer to the conflict as the "War of Northern Aggression" or the "War for Southern Independence." These monikers are the Southern equivalents of calling the conflict the "Civil War."

It is a measure of how deeply the unionist view has permeated the culture that any reference to the conflict other than the "Civil War" is now considered strange and confusing even in the South. But this only reflects the fact that history is written by the victors.

Again, in a very real sense, the assault by the PC left on Southern history is just the modern day incarnation of Reconstruction.

50 posted on 02/10/2007 7:06:03 PM PST by trek
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