Fascinating Confederate Flag School Free Speech Case

October 2, 2009

A Federal District Court judge in South Carolina has entered summary judgment in favor of a school district that was sued by a student who was punished for wearing Confederate flag clothing to class:

U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten has decided in favor of Dillon School District 3 in Latta in a 2006 lawsuit involving clothing bearing the Confederate flag, Superintendent Dr. John Kirby said.

On March 30, 2006, the Southern Legal Resource Center (SLRC) filed a lawsuit on behalf of then-15-year-old Candice Hardwick, a Latta High School student who it said was unfairly punished for wearing Confederate-themed clothing to class.

Kirby said Wooten entered a summary judgment Sept. 9 for the district, which determined that the district had a preponderance of the evidence in the case, and that the plaintiff didn’t have enough evidence to warrant a trial.

Wooten said in his ruling that the school board had the duty to develop appropriate policies for a safe school environment, Kirby said.

Kirby said the decision proved that the district carried out dress policies fairly, appropriately and legally.

“The decision reaffirms the community’s right to expect safe schools,” he said.

You can read more here. (h/t Feminist Law Professors)

3 Responses to “Fascinating Confederate Flag School Free Speech Case”

  1. drugmonkey Says:

    you are oppressing our heritage and culture!!!!!!!

  2. Katharine Says:

    Oh, conservatives. When will they learn that just because they have the right to do something doesn’t mean it’s not fucking stupid to do?

  3. From what I’ve read, I don’t like the decision. Douchebags should have the right to appear in public as douchebags. If you dont like it, use it as a teaching moment and teach your kids that (a) it is an offensive symbol to many and that (b) therefore people who wear it regardless, after having been requested to not do so, are not inclined to listen to appeals for common decency. I think that approach could teach your kids to identify sociopaths earlier in life.

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