“We applaud these school officials, who realized they cannot censor students based on their viewpoint, particularly when students promoting an opposing view are permitted to express their opinions freely,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Timothy Chandler.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield High School student told to remove a T-shirt stating her views on moral issues on the April 27 Day of Truth has received an apology from school officials, who informed her that she will be allowed to wear the shirt on campus in the future. On May 18, ADF attorneys sent a letter to the school administration advising them that the student’s First Amendment rights were violated when she was forced to remove the shirt.
“The First Amendment rights of students do not end at the schoolhouse gate,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Timothy Chandler. “We are pleased school officials recognized that this student’s constitutional rights had been violated.”
The student, a sophomore, wore her custom-made shirt to school with the message, “I am a Christian, and I am against homosexuality, abortion, pre-marital sex, and drugs.” Although not an official Day of Truth T-shirt, the student was one of several at Springfield High School who participated in the Day of Truth. A school official saw the shirt and told the student it was not allowed and must be removed. Other students wearing similar shirts were also asked to remove them.
The Day of Truth is an annual event that provides an opportunity for participating students to express a different perspective than the Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is promoted by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network and asks students to remain silent throughout an entire day to express their support for the homosexual agenda.
Some students at Springfield High School wore clothing supporting the Day of Silence and were reportedly allowed to continue their observance unhindered.
“Our client’s shirt did not cause a disruption or distraction of any sort on campus,” Chandler explained. “We applaud these school officials, who realized they cannot censor students based on their viewpoint, particularly when students promoting an opposing view are permitted to express their opinions freely.”
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