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.