ACLU challenges school censoring of Confederate T-shirts
ALBANY, Ga. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a school system on behalf of nine students who were forced to turn their Confederate T-shirts inside-out or face disciplinary action.
The First Amendment lawsuit, filed in federal court Monday against Seminole County school officials, is believed to be the first in Georgia challenging policies that discourage or bar students from wearing Confederate symbols.
"Basically, the Supreme Court has said time and again that kids have a right to express themselves freely in school unless it causes a disruption," Gerry Weber, the Georgia ACLU's legal director, said Tuesday. "These T-shirts are mostly about hunting and fishing and they just happen to have the Confederate flag in the background. They have worn them to school for years."
Georgia has had a series of clashes over Confederate T-shirts since the Legislature's sudden move in January to...