Court Weighs District’s Ban on Political T-Shirts

By Mark Walsh — July 09, 2009 1 min read
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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.

A version of this news article first appeared in The School Law Blog.