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  • Judge Orders Couple To Pay $41,000 For Dress Code Suit

    12/25/2007 6:25:14 PM PST · by digger48 · 93 replies · 217+ views
    theindychannel ^ | Dec. 24, 2007 | ap
    ANDERSON, Ind. -- A couple whose lawsuit challenging a school district's new dress code was rejected has been ordered by a federal judge to pay nearly $41,000 in court costs. Laura and Scott Bell's lawsuit was thrown out by U.S. District Judge John D. Tinder in August after the couple missed critical deadlines and pressed claims he deemed frivolous. Now, Tinder has ordered the couple to pay Anderson Community Schools the $40,931 the district says its law firm charged for defending the couple's lawsuit in July and August. "It's flat ridiculous," said Laura Bell, noting that the amount is more...
  • Student Claims Teacher Asked Her to Cover Up Lesbian-Themed Shirt

    12/21/2007 12:38:10 PM PST · by Sopater · 72 replies · 133+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 21, 2007
    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia high school student said she was asked by a teacher to cover up a lesbian-themed shirt or face suspension. Bethany Laccone, 17, said she was asked to cloak a logo of two interlocked female symbols while attending a class this month at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth. She's a full-time senior at nearby Woodrow Wilson High School, where she has not faced a similar ultimatum. In a letter sent Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia asked Norcom administrators to remove any mention of the incident from Laccone's records and agree not to...
  • Tiggergate proves expensive for Napa Valley school district

    12/15/2007 3:03:53 PM PST · by DryFly · 117 replies · 359+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2007 | Nanette Asimov
    (12-14) 17:53 PST NAPA VALLEY -- A Napa Valley middle school's decision to bar a child from class last winter for wearing a pair of Tigger socks has proved costly. The Napa Valley Unified School District is on the hook for at least $95,000 in lawyers' fees under a legal settlement announced Thursday between the district and five Napa families who challenged the school's dress code. That's enough to pay the salaries of two teachers for a year, but it's only about a quarter of what the district would have had to pay if it went on to lose the...
  • Her nose piercing leads to job loss, hurt feelings (Tax Collector)

    11/30/2007 1:11:06 PM PST · by Cagey · 437 replies · 9,779+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 11-30-2007 | JAMAL THALJI
    Tax Collector Mike Olson says the office worker was told not to do it. LAND O'LAKES - Lauren Mixon said she wanted to sparkle - but just a little bit. She wanted to get her nose pierced with a tiny diamond. She checked the dress code at work. It discouraged "extreme" jewelry. She checked with her supervisor. The answer, Mixon said: "It wouldn't be in my best interests." Now some may interpret that one way. Mixon's own interpretation: no one ever said "no." So she had her nose pierced. It hurt like heck for three days. Now it really hurts....
  • Students Wear Confederate Flag Shirts To Oppose Peace-Shirt Group

    11/21/2007 5:22:49 AM PST · by Cagey · 136 replies · 339+ views
    WKMG TV NEWS ^ | 11-20-2007
    COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- Students at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School are waging a war on peace. Recently, sophomore Skylar Stains decided to hold Peace Shirt Thursdays at the school. Skylar and her friend, Lauren Lorraine, started wearing peace shirts and soon recruited more friends to wear them. Now, the "Peace Shirt Coalition" as they call themselves, has close to 30 students from all grades. "We've worn handmade peace shirts every Thursday since the first week of school, without fail," Skylar said. But what started out as a light-hearted gesture soon started to be taken out of context. Students started...
  • Texas Student Booted From School for Wearing John Edwards T-Shirt

    10/03/2007 1:59:22 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies · 716+ views
    foxnews ^ | 10/3/2007 | fox news
    A Texas high school sophomore's parents might sue after the school booted the student from campus for wearing a John Edwards for 2008 president T-shirt. Pete Palmer, a sophomore at Waxahachie High School, says he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong wearing the political shirt to school. But according to the Waxahachie Independent School District dress code, students can't wear shirts with political slogans. “T-shirts, other than WISD clubs, organizations, sports, or spirit t-shirts, college or university t-shirts or solid-colored t-shirts, are prohibited," according to the policy.
  • Confederate flag banned after incident

    09/30/2007 6:23:53 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 305 replies · 849+ views
    Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania ^ | September 30, 2007 | Mike Argento & Mike Hoover
    More than seven years ago, the subject of the Confederate flag came up at Central York High School. A student originally from Georgia had apparently worn clothing bearing the battle flag of the Confederacy to school, causing problems with some other students who objected. So in March 2000, the school banned Confederate flag from the school, reasoning that its display had a disruptive effect on the education process. There was no legal challenge to the ban. Had there been, it's likely it would have failed. (snip) The ban was imposed after a disturbance in the Susquehannock High School parking lot...
  • High School Bans American Flag

    09/13/2007 4:15:34 AM PDT · by RangerM · 22 replies · 672+ views
    SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. – On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag. Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.
  • Hobbton High School Lifts Flag Ban

    09/12/2007 5:38:08 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 11 replies · 850+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | 12 Sep 07 | Jay777
    Thanks to pressure from the right and left...the nonsense ends! SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C – A North Carolina High School that came under national attention over their rule that prohibited students from wearing items with the American flag, or any flag from other countries, has lifted the ban. Superintendent Dr. L. Stewart Hobbs, Jr said they have lifted the ban on flags and “from this point on, all dress code changes will be made at the school board level.” But before I finish eating my hat...I get this mixed bag email. I just received a return call from Dr. Hobbs, the...
  • Australian school makes sunglasses compulsory for pupils

    07/31/2007 8:15:41 AM PDT · by qam1 · 54 replies · 2,177+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/31/07 | AP
    SYDNEY (AFP) - There was a time when wearing sunglasses would have been seen as too cool for school, but for pupils at a pioneering primary in Australia they are now a compulsory part of the uniform. The move is aimed at protecting young eyes from the sun's dangerous ultraviolet rays, and education authorities say they are considering adopting the plan at all state schools. The headmaster of Sydney's Arncliffe Public School, where sunglasses are now compulsory for children from kindergarten through Year 6, said they had no problems wearing the glasses in the playground. The "sunnies" as they are...
  • I will not accept what God has condemned (9th Circus)

    07/10/2007 3:07:15 AM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies · 1,672+ views
    A U.S. District Court judge has been asked to reconsider his ruling in a 2004 free speech lawsuit filed by a former Poway High School student who was prohibited by school officials from expressing his opposition to a “Day of Silence” sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Tyler Harper, then a student at Poway High School, came to school wearing a T-shirt bearing the handwritten messages, “I will not accept what God has condemned” and “Homosexuality is shameful. Romans 1:27." School officials, claiming that Harper’s message could be disruptive, suspended him after he refused to take off...
  • Scotland Teenager Faces Threats From School For T-Shirt Against Abortion

    07/02/2007 4:32:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 803+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/2/07 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England (LifeNews.com) -- A teenager in the UK is facing threats from her school for wearing a t-shirt that has a message opposing abortion. Sarah Scott, a 16 year-old who gave birth just four months ago, says the staff at Banff Academy complained when she wore a shirt with the message "Abortion is Murder” printed on it. Scott attends the Aberdeenshire, Scotland school and wore the shirt on a day when students are permitted to wear casual clothes instead of their normal uniforms. While the school maintains the shirt was offensive and threatened to kick her out if she...
  • Arkansas Students Wrongly Punished for Wearing Armbands to School, According to ACLU Lawsuit

    10/11/2006 7:45:21 PM PDT · by Starwolf · 19 replies · 696+ views
    LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas today filed a federal lawsuit charging that the Watson Chapel school district violated students’ free speech rights by suspending students for wearing black armbands in opposition to the school uniform policy. More at: http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/youth/27038prs20061010.html
  • 128 Students Suspended On 1st Day Of School

    08/26/2006 9:58:44 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 74 replies · 2,142+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 26 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    Hammond Students Were Wearing Inappropriate Clothes (AP) HAMMOND, IN -- Classrooms were a little less crowded at Morton High School on the first day of classes: One hundred and twenty-eight students were sent home for wearing the wrong clothes. Fed up with inappropriate outfits, the principal suspended the students for one day Wednesday, minutes after doors opened at the school. Those suspended represent more than 10 percent of the 1,200 total students. The offending attire -- including baggy pants, low-cut shirts, tank tops and graphic T-shirts -- are banned from classrooms. Students were also cited for cell phone use. "This...
  • Air Marshall Dress Code Changed

    08/24/2006 5:03:54 PM PDT · by blam · 55 replies · 2,430+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-25-2006 | Leslie Miller
    Air Marshal Dress Code Changed Friday August 25, 2006 12:16 AM By LESLIE MILLER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Air marshals were told Thursday they will be allowed to dress the way they want and choose their own hotels in order to protect their anonymity while on missions. Federal Air Marshal Service chief Dana Brown, who has been in the job for five months, said he was changing the rules, starting Sept. 1, after listening to air marshals' concerns. In a memo to the air marshals, Brown said the dress code was changed to ``allow you to blend in...
  • Casual Friday is so '90s, dressing down is full time

    08/23/2006 8:48:35 AM PDT · by qam1 · 185 replies · 5,313+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 8/23/06 | Molly Selvin
    On those rare occasions when insurance executive Tara Guizot wears a suit to her Los Angeles office, "people invariably ask me if I'm interviewing for a new job," she said. The trend toward casual dress has gone so far that Matt Smith, a 27-year-old Los Angeles lawyer, is on a quest to establish "Tie Tuesday." He would like to wear a suit to work but knows he'd be ridiculed. Instead, Smith dons a tie every Tuesday and hopes other men in his office will follow. So far, a couple have. "It's just something fun," he said. Forget casual Fridays. In...
  • Dallas To Consider Low Pants Ban

    08/23/2006 4:44:42 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 67 replies · 1,458+ views
    fox news dfw ^ | Aug 22, 2006
    Dallas To Consider Low Pants Ban Last Edited: Tuesday, 22 Aug 2006, 6:51 PM CDT Created: Tuesday, 22 Aug 2006, 6:08 PM CDT Some school districts ban pants like these that are low enough to expose underwear. Related Items Stories Vote Here: Baggy Pants Poll Poll Do you think baggy pants that expose underwear or skin below the hip should be banned from Dallas streets? Poll Results: Yes 86% No 14% Total number of votes: 613 It's a fashion trend that for many is a fashion faux pas: baggin' and saggin' pants. "I think it's a disgrace," said Dallas resident...
  • Red hair spurs 'natural' color debate

    08/18/2006 10:55:27 AM PDT · by txroadkill · 95 replies · 3,790+ views
    The Dallas Morning News/WFAA-TV ^ | August 18, 2006 | CHRIS HAWES / WFAA-TV
    FORT WORTH — Meisha Franklin said her senior year at North Crowley High School was off to a good start until she was called into the principal's office on Thursday. "At first I thought it was my dress code, because my shirt was kind of out a little bit," she said. But the problem didn't have anything to do with what Franklin was wearing. Instead, the problem was focused on her head. Principal Trent Lovette said Meisha's hair violated the code that states no "unnatural" hair colors are allowed. <-snip-> Lovette said every day Meisha shows up at school with...
  • Skinterns: Shedding Clothes in Hopes of Landing a Job

    08/15/2006 1:36:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 65 replies · 4,152+ views
    ABC ^ | 8/15/06 | staff
    When it comes to style, most of the 535 members of Congress wear conservative suits that reflect the power on Capitol Hill. For some of their fresh-faced interns, however, skimpy tank tops, jeans, short skirts and flip-flops are the "underdressed" norm. "In what I'm wearing, you can see a lot of skin, and I've seen a lot of girls walk around maybe not buttoned up," said Erica Matson, a congressional intern. "These girls wear tight pants, too, and they think maybe they're not pushing the limit, but they are." With hopes of one day entering the political work force, as...
  • Wimbledon demands more modest skirts

    06/29/2006 8:10:29 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 71 replies · 9,400+ views
    UPI ^ | June 26, 2006
    Female tennis players have been warned by the All England Club that revealing skirts will not be tolerated at this year's Wimbledon tournament. The tournament that began Monday and runs through July 9 has a history of being one of the most conservative in the world, Sky News reported. "Any competitor who appears on court dressed in a manner which is deemed unsuitable by the committee will be liable to be defaulted," the club reminded arriving players. Russian Maria Sharapova, who won the women's singles title in 2004 at age 17 turned many heads at the Australian Open this year...
  • Are flip-flops damaging your career? (YET ANOTHER GENERATION OF PERPETUAL CHILDREN)

    06/29/2006 7:50:24 PM PDT · by paulat · 169 replies · 2,690+ views
    Yahoo!/Reuters ^ | 6/29/06 | Belinda Goldsmith
    Are flip-flops damaging your career? Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:47 AM ET By Belinda Goldsmith NEW YORK (Reuters) - With more women wearing flip-flops to the office this summer, U.S. style gurus are warning that the casual shoe once mainly seen on the beach could be damaging to careers -- as well as to feet. Lauren Cardinale, 25, who works at West Glen Communications, wears beaded or other fancy flip flops to the office -- when she can get away with it. "Occasionally I wear flip flops to work," she said. "I wear nicer shoes if I'm meeting with clients...
  • School Board Reverses Ban On 'Disrespectful' Flip-Flops

    06/29/2006 4:43:40 PM PDT · by Cagey · 59 replies · 1,467+ views
    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The school board in a suburb between Seattle and Tacoma has flip-flopped on flip-flops. The Federal Way School Board Tuesday reversed a proposed flip-flop ban because it would be impossible for schools to enforce a ban on the casual shoes. Two anti-flip-flop board members changed their minds after hearing appeals from parents and students. The panel had taken a preliminary vote on flip-flops two weeks ago. "I don't see myself how flip-flops are disrespectful," Board President Evelyn Castellar said. The dress code adopted Tuesday bans students from wearing slippers, pajamas, halter tops, any shirt that exposes...
  • At Six Flags, the Don'ts of Dos

    06/19/2006 6:22:48 PM PDT · by doesnt suffer fools gladly · 30 replies · 1,669+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2006 | Avis Thomas-Lester
    At Six Flags, the Don'ts of Dos Employees Say Their Ethnic Hairstyles Are Challenged as 'Extreme,' and They've Complained to ACLU By Avis Thomas-Lester Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, June 17, 2006; B01 It's right there, under "Extreme Hairstyles," in the 2006 seasonal handbook for Six Flags America employees: no dreadlocks, tails, partially shaved heads "or any hairstyle that detracts or takes away from Six Flags theming." Braids "must be in neat, even rows and without beads or other ornaments," the amusement park handbook advises.
  • Sikh bracelets, but no Christian rings at school bans pupils from wearing 'purity rings'

    06/18/2006 10:46:24 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 3,942+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 6/18/06 | Elizabeth Day
    A group of teenage Christians have been banned by a secondary school from wearing "purity rings" as a symbol of their religious belief in chastity until marriage.At least one of the dozen pupils, who all attend the same girls' comprehensive in Horsham, West Sussex, is considering legal action against the Millais School for "a breach of human rights".   Banned band: The silver ring Although the school allows Muslim and Sikh pupils to wear headscarves or kara bracelets as a means of religious expression, the purity ring - a small band of silver engraved with a Biblical verse and...
  • ACLU probes Six Flags hairstyle ban

    06/17/2006 11:14:42 AM PDT · by Jay777 · 107 replies · 2,626+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | June 17, 2006 | Unknown
    The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating complaints from more than a dozen black employees at a Six Flags theme park who were told their hairstyles were inappropriate. Jonathan DeLeon, 17, was hired at Six Flags America in Largo, Md., in March to wear the costumes of Sylvester and Daffy Duck. A few weeks later, he said he was told to cut his braids, which were at least 3 feet long. Though his mother cut more than 2 feet of his hair, park officials were dissatisfied, he said. "They told me I had to cut them even shorter or go...
  • Old Times Here Are Apparently Forgotten

    06/01/2006 9:07:55 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 363 replies · 3,737+ views
    Cornell American ^ | May 31st, 2006 | Vanessa Durante
    Last month, Ithaca High School administrators sent a letter home with students, informing their parents that the flag of the Confederacy had been banned. Ithaca High School students can no longer display the emblem on belt buckles, t-shirts, or anywhere else while on school property. Apparently, the students wearing their Dixie Outfitters t-shirts, in a proud nod to our country’s better half, were white. It is unfortunate that civil liberties apply only to those in privileged groups, such as blacks or Hispanics.Because the United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of protecting the freedom of speech exercised in displaying...
  • Bert and Ernie Packing Heat on Sesame Street

    05/25/2006 1:44:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 66 replies · 2,210+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/25/06
    Bert and Ernie Packing Heat on Sesame Street BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Brockton High School has banned T-shirts with Sesame Street characters. But these are no regular pictures of Bert and Ernies. On some, Oscar the Grouch emerges from his garbage can, wielding a 9 mm handgun. On others, Bert and Ernie are standing in a gang posture, armed with automatic weapons. "We were amazed," said the school's principal, Susan Szachowicz. "You focus on the Sesame Street character. But the more we looked at it, the more we saw the things in it, the guns, the gang stuff." There have...
  • ADF attorneys plan to appeal “extremely poor” ruling from 9th Circuit in Poway “T-shirt” case

    04/21/2006 12:17:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies · 1,789+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund ^ | Thursday, April 20, 2006 | ADF Media Relations
    ADF attorneys plan to appeal “extremely poor” ruling from 9th Circuit in Poway “T-shirt” case Thursday, April 20, 2006, 4:45 PM (MST) ADF Media Relations | 480-444-0020 “The majority implied that Brokeback Mountain is in, and the Bible is out," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Kevin Theriot. School administrator to student: "Leave your faith in the car" PASADENA, Calif. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund say they plan to appeal today’s ruling by two judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit who upheld a high school’s decision to prohibit a student from expressing his views...
  • Court says high school can enforce dress code against anti-gay T-shirt

    04/20/2006 7:02:14 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 44 replies · 1,589+ views
    Associated Press (via signonsandiego.com) ^ | April 20, 2006 | Paul Elias
    SAN FRANCISCO – A suburban San Diego teenager who was barred from wearing a T-shirt with anti-gay rhetoric to class lost a bid to have his high school's dress code suspended Thursday after a federal appeals court ruled the school could restrict what students wear to prevent disruptions. The ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addressed only the narrow issue of whether the dress code should be unenforced pending the outcome of the student's lawsuit. A majority of judges said, however, that Tyler Chase Harper was unlikely to prevail on claims that the Poway Unified...
  • 4th-Grader Protests Miniskirt Dress Code

    04/07/2006 2:12:53 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 540+ views
    A 10-year-old fourth-grader is protesting a rule by her school that bans miniskirts. Zoe Hinkle and her mother, Leslie, said there is nothing wrong with the skirt, if there are shorts sewn underneath. Steams Elementary in Upper St. Clair has a policy that said skirts that rise to mid-thigh level are just too short. The school said the dress code imposes limits on clothes that disrupt the educational process or cause a safety hazard.
  • Girl Sues School Over Confederate Clothes

    03/31/2006 9:39:18 AM PST · by Crackingham · 974 replies · 6,955+ views
    AP ^ | 3/31/6
    The family of a high school sophomore has filed a suit seeking to force school officials to allow the girl to wear clothing with Confederate flag images. The federal lawsuit was filed Thursday by the North Carolina-based Southern Legal Resource Center, a Confederate heritage legal advocacy group. Candice Hardwick, 15, said she wants to wear the Confederate emblem to pay tribute to an ancestor who fought for the South in the Civil War. Latta High School officials say the symbol, which many people consider racially charged, is disruptive in school, and that district policies allow principals to ban such clothing....
  • Straight-A Student Pulled From Class Over Hair Color

    03/29/2006 8:49:10 AM PST · by Abathar · 192 replies · 3,935+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | March 29, 2006 | AP
    MARSHALL, Mo. -- An eighth-grader was taken out of class Tuesday because of her hair coloring, KMBC-TV in Kansas City reported. An administrator at Bueker Middle School said the girl's red highlights were distracting to other students. School officials said there is a rule at Bueker that hairstyles that are distracting to the educational process are not allowed. "Doing this is taking away from people's individuality," student Kristen McCorkle said. The 14-year-old, who is a straight-A student, said the school's assistant principal told her she had to go to in-school suspension and that she would be there until her hair...
  • Spiked hairdo trouble for Tulia first-grader

    03/30/2006 7:39:35 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 29 replies · 1,362+ views
    Morris News Service ^ | Thursday, March 30, 2006 | Brenda Bernet
    TULIA (TX) - Mohawks and education apparently don't mix at a Tulia elementary school. Highland Elementary School Principal Johnny Lara sent first-grader Dallas Saenz, 7, home after he showed up at school the day before spring break sporting a freshly cut, spiked mohawk. The first day after spring break, Dallas reluctantly combed down his mohawk. "They laughed at me," he said. His parents allowed him to return to school the next day with the spiked mohawk, which landed Dallas back in Lara's office. Lara ordered him home, and Tulia Supt. Ken Miller intervened, saying Dallas could return to school when...
  • School cracks down on pants offenders

    03/30/2006 7:36:41 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 22 replies · 787+ views
    ODESSA (AP) - Officials at a junior high school in this Permian Basin city have seen enough of pants they say ride too low or are too baggy, calling the styles dress code violations. About 75 students were removed from class at Nimitz Junior High on Tuesday, the girls for wearing pants more than an inch below their belly buttons and the boys for wearing pants that hung off their rear ends. The students received in-school suspensions or were allowed to call their parents for a change of clothes.
  • Adults need to draw a line for modesty

    03/13/2006 12:09:46 PM PST · by klossg · 22 replies · 743+ views
    The Weatherford Democrat ^ | February 27, 2006 10:32 am | Taylor Amerding
    "Slippage." That was by far my favorite word in the letter Andover's West Middle School Principal Denise Holmes e-mailed to parents regarding their children's attire, or lack thereof, at school. Her note was prompted by the outfits a group of girls was wearing on Valentine's Day, with skirts so short that ... well, let Ms. Holmes explain. "This one girl had the cutest pink underwear on," she said. "I shouldn't have known that." Well, no. But she's not the problem. The problem is that all the boys knew it as well. So Holmes sent out a gentle reminder. Very gentle....
  • Weird Corporate Behavior: Regal Theaters’ Hoodie Ban (Niman!)

    03/06/2006 10:34:38 AM PST · by Houmatt · 28 replies · 1,190+ views
    artvoice.com ^ | 3-4-06 | Michael I. Niman
    It all started just before Christmas when an armed police officer barred my spouse, a 40-year-old sociology professor, from leaving the Regal Elmwood Theater. If she wanted to continue walking the 10 yards to the exit door, the officer informed her, she would have to pull down her hood until she was outside. Or she could be arrested. Of course the pulling down the hood part goes against everything our mothers taught us about winter attire—that we put on our mittens and hoods before we go out into the cold. But the man giving the order had a gun and...
  • Students sue over Confederate image ban

    03/03/2006 7:57:10 AM PST · by LouAvul · 30 replies · 1,022+ views
    ap/modbee ^ | 3-3-06 | duncan mansfield
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three students and their parents sued their school district in federal court, claiming their free-speech rights are being denied by a ban on the Confederate battle flag at the students' high school. The William Blount High School students, Derek Barr, Chris Nicole White and Roger Craig White, said they were threatened with suspension if they refused to cover or turn inside out shirts bearing the Confederate emblem. The students complied but they and their parents sued, seeking a preliminary injunction to lift the ban. "Out of all the T-shirts that are worn to school every day,...
  • Student settles over Confederate dress

    02/28/2006 7:26:14 PM PST · by LouAvul · 58 replies · 1,270+ views
    modbee ^ | 2-28-06
    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A former high school student barred from her prom because she wore a dress styled as a Confederate battle flag has reached a settlement with the school district, her attorney said. Jacqueline Duty filed a lawsuit after Greenup County school officials called the dress too controversial and kept her out of Russell High School's May 1, 2004 prom. Duty claimed the district violated her First Amendment right to free speech and to celebrate her heritage. School officials notified the U.S. District Court last week about the settlement. Duty's attorney, Earl-Ray Neal, confirmed a settlement had been...
  • Lesbian T-shirt school storm

    02/20/2006 12:18:28 AM PST · by CrawDaddyCA · 45 replies · 1,635+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 19Feb2006 | MARY PAPADAKIS
    A STUDENT being asked to remove a T-shirt with a lesbian slogan has sparked a protest at a school in Melbourne's northwest. About 30 students at Strathmore Secondary College last week rallied behind Year 12 classmate Stephanie, 17, after she was told by teachers to change out of the T-shirt for school photos. Stephanie, who did not want her surname published, said she had worn a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" to school on several occasions without concerns being raised by staff or fellow students. "I've had it for ages," she said. But she said things...
  • Girls to fight ban on rebel-flag purses (School says Confederate image violates dress code)

    02/16/2006 9:17:50 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 23 replies · 2,860+ views
    wfaa.com/ ^ | Jan 06 | wfaa
    BURLESON – Two Burleson High School students who were kicked out of class for displaying rebel flags say they will take their fight to court. They said they are proud of their heritage, but Burleson High School education officials said the Confederate symbol is offensive. Ashley Thomas said it all started when she was approached by a school administrator. "Principal comes up and says, 'You've got to get rid of your purse ... it's racist,' " Ashley said. Ashley and Aubrie McAllum both received purses patterned after the Confederate battle flag from their parents for Christmas. Both girls decided to...
  • District Relents, Allows Boy To Wear Skirt To School [ACLU strikes again]

    01/25/2006 4:49:11 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 131 replies · 2,487+ views
    NBC10 ^ | 1/25/2006 | N/A
    District Relents, Allows Boy To Wear Skirt To School HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- New Jersey high school senior Michael Coviello will get to wear skirts to school, as long as they are an acceptable length. Michael, 17, started wearing skirts as a protest against the Hasbrouck Heights School District dress code. The district's dress code bans shorts between Oct. 1 and April 15, but allows skirts, a policy Coviello believes is discriminatory. At first, Coviello wore a costume-style dress over the objection of high school officials. The ACLU said the district's superintendent then advised the Coviello to purchase every-day dresses...
  • New York Federal Judge Says School Can’t Bar Student from Wearing a Pro-Life Shirt

    01/11/2006 1:47:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 54 replies · 1,367+ views
    Thomas More Law Center ^ | January 11, 2006
    Ann Arbor, MI — A high school principal’s decision prohibiting a student from wearing his pro-life shirt in school has been overturned by a federal district court. Judge Elfvin of the Western District of New York signed a permanent injunction ordering Fillmore Central High School located in Fillmore, New York to allow the student to wear his pro-life shirt to school. The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, represented the student. Richard Thompson, Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, stated: “This student courageously took a stand for his views...
  • Teen Fights for Right to Wear Kilt

    12/22/2005 7:53:29 AM PST · by nckerr · 112 replies · 1,615+ views
    AP via FoxNews.com ^ | 12-22-2005 | unknown
    JACKSON, Mo. — Nathan Warmack wanted to honor his heritage by wearing a Scottish kilt to his high school dance. Then a principal told him to change into a pair of pants. What began with a few yards of tartan has sparked an international debate about freedom, symbols and cultural dress. More than 1,600 people have signed an Internet petition seeking an apology for the high school senior. Scots in the United States are assembling a traditional ensemble they hope the student will wear to the prom, and his family is trying to change the school's dress code policy. "It's...
  • Student seeks dress code change

    12/22/2005 3:36:45 PM PST · by Clive · 45 replies · 940+ views
    Nathan Warmack poses in the living room of his home in Jackson, Mo. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)JACKSON, Mo. (AP) — Nathan Warmack wanted to honour his heritage by wearing a Scottish kilt to his high school dance. Then a principal told him to change into a pair of pants. What began with a few yards of tartan has sparked an international debate about freedom, symbols and cultural dress. More than 1,600 people have signed an Internet petition seeking an apology for the high school senior. Scots in the United States are assembling a traditional ensemble they hope the student will...
  • Snowman shirt gets cold reception in school

    12/12/2005 8:26:56 PM PST · by lightman · 14 replies · 1,167+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 12 December A.D. 2005 | Heidi Bernhard-Bubb
    Snowman shirt gets cold reception in school York Suburban bans item, citing drug culture link HEIDI BERNHARD-BUBB The York Dispatch Unlike Frosty, the snowman on one of this year's most popular T-shirts has nothing to do with Christmas. In fact, Mix Unit, a Connecticut-based retailer that sells the shirt, warns: "This snowman is definitely not for children." York Suburban school officials agree. The shirt, which features a simple drawing of a snowman with a threatening grimace, has been banned from York Suburban Middle School because administrators say it is symbolic of drug culture. The image was popularized last summer by...
  • Texas School District Bans Christmas Colors

    12/16/2004 8:54:46 AM PST · by RayChuang88 · 164 replies · 3,300+ views
    Maranatha Christian Journal ^ | December 16, 2004
    (MCNS)--Attorneys filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today against the Plano Independent School District for a discriminatory policy that censors the Christmas religious expression of students and their parents. “The policy is a perfect example of politically correct extremism,” said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “School officials have gone so far as to prohibit students from wearing red and green at their ‘winter break’ parties because they claim they are Christmas colors. Even the plates and napkins must be white. The district’s policy is ludicrous to even the most common observer.”
  • Some Students Wear Pajama Bottoms in Class

    10/21/2005 2:48:09 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 45 replies · 1,383+ views
    AP via Yahooooo! ^ | October 17, 2005
    There's a new fad of students — mostly girls — wearing pajama bottoms to school, and so far administrators are not making a fuss about it. "Some days you don't want to get dressed up for school. Like when it's raining and cold. You just want to be cozy," said Ben Lomond junior Elvia Escalante, 16. School administrators in Ogden, Weber and Davis school districts say the pajamas have been modest and there hasn't been a problem. "There are worse things a kid could wear to school," said Ross Lunceford, principal of Hillcrest Elementary School in Ogden. "There's a fine...
  • Duncan rips dress code as 'basically retarded'

    10/20/2005 2:04:43 PM PDT · by Smogger · 71 replies · 1,624+ views
    Fox Sports ^ | 10/20/2005 | Fox Sports
    Duncan, according to a report in The San Antonio Express-News, joined the Indiana Pacers' Stephen Jackson with not-so-kind words for commissioner David Stern's dress-up policy. "I think it's a load of crap," Duncan said. "I understand what they're trying to do with the hats and do-rags and jerseys and stuff. That's fine. But I don't understand why they would take it to this level. I think it's basically retarded. "I don't like the direction they're going, but who am I?" Duncan, a two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP, did not play in Tuesday night's 94-81 exhibition loss to...
  • Lesbian reaches deal on yearbook tux photo

    09/23/2005 11:35:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1,556+ views
    AP ^ | 9/23/5
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A lesbian student has reached an out-of-court agreement about six months after her senior portrait was banned from the yearbook because she was dressed in a tuxedo. Kelli Davis, now a freshman at the University of South Florida in Tampa, said she hopes the settlement will prevent future discrimination against students. "It wasn't a gender-identity issue," Davis said. "I'm obviously a female; I don't try and be a guy. But I was being discriminated on because of my gender." The dispute began earlier this year when Fleming Island principal Sam Ward pulled Davis' yearbook photo because it...
  • Today's lesson: Ohio school district must allow student to wear T-shirt with religious message

    08/18/2005 3:33:01 PM PDT · by dukeman · 52 replies · 1,165+ views
    Federal court rules in favor of student and grants permanent injunction sought by ADF-allied attorneys COLUMBUS, Ohio-- A federal district court today ruled in favor of attorneys allied with the Alliance Defense Fund and ordered an Ohio school district to respect the First Amendment rights of a student, declaring its treatment of the student unconstitutional. The Northern Local School District prohibited the student, James Nixon, from wearing a T-shirt that one school official deemed "offensive" and "potentially disruptive" even though no disruption actually occurred. "The Constitution does not permit censorship based upon what someone thinks 'might' happen," said ADF-allied attorney...