Friday, July 27, 2018

A HIGH school student has scored a $34,000 payout and formal apology after being suspended for wearing controversial shirt

AN Oregon high school student who sued his school district after administrators said he couldn’t wear a pro-Trump border wall T-shirt will be given a written apology and $34,000 in a settlement.

Liberty High School senior Addison Barnes, 18, was suspended earlier this year after he refused to cover up his “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” shirt.

The shirt — which also features a 2016 Trump quote: “The wall just got 10 feet taller” — was worn by Mr Barnes in his People and Politics class on a day where immigration would be discussed.

Mr Barnes sued his school, the Hillsboro School District and Principal Greg Timmons, claiming his First Amendment rights had been violated.

On Tuesday, Mr Barnes’ lawyers announced they had reached a settlement with the district.

Mr Timmons will write a letter of apology, and the district will pay $34,000 ($US25,000) to Mr Barnes to cover his legal fees.

Mr Barnes said in a statement that he brought the case “to stand up for myself and other students who might be afraid to express their right-of-centre views”.

Mr Timmons also released a statement after the settlement. “As an educational institution, Hillsboro School District and each of our schools supports, encourages, and celebrates free speech and reasoned debate,” he said.


"Safety" garbage again.  How does the shirt I wear threaten anybody's safety?


Bird of Paradise said...

School Menu Students SPAGETTII and MEAT SAUCE for liberal principal CROW

Anonymous said...

Actually, wearing that shirt threatens his safety. Liberals do not hesitate to assault someone who expresses an opinion they disagree with.