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“Inappropriate Subject Matter”?

— Posted by John (July 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm)

The mother of a 6th grade girl who was not allowed to wear a pro-life T-shirt at her public school in Merced, California filed a federal lawsuit this week against the school, claiming that the school violated her daughter’s First Amendment rights.

This was the design on the girl’s shirt:

The school claims it had the right to prevent the girl (identified in court documents as “T.A.”) from wearing the shirt on the grounds that it violated the school’s dress code, which states:

Personal articles, clothing, or manner of dress shall make no suggestion of tobacco, drug, or alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, profanity, vulgarity, or other inappropriate subject matter.

I’m going out on a limb and guessing that the school is claiming T.A.’s shirt violated the “inappropriate subject matter” part (because it’s pretty obvious that it doesn’t make any suggestion of tobacco, drug, or alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, profanity, or vulgarity).

The school would then have to argue, with a straight face, that even though it’s legal for a 6th grader in California to have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge, it should be illegal for a 6th grader in California to wear a T-shirt to school that merely expresses an opinion about it.

Does that seem strange to you?

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4 Comments on ““Inappropriate Subject Matter”?”

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  1. Rebecca says:

    To be honest John, the thing that offends me is not that it’s an anti-abortion t-shirt. It’s the fact that a 6th grader is wearing any sort of propaganda t-shirt to school.

    What next, a 2nd grader with a GOP t-shirt? Or 4th grader with an anti-gun t-shirt?

    And by the way, I don’t think it’s OK for someone to have access to abortion or contraception without their parents permission until they are 17 or 18.

    Comment posted July 30th, 2010 at 5:05 pm
  2. (Prolifer)ations 8-6-10 - Jill Stanek says:

    [...] Generations for Life wonders how a school could call a pro-life t-shirt (pictured left) inappropriate in CA, where it’s legal for a 6th grader to have an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. [...]

    Comment posted August 6th, 2010 at 3:31 pm
  3. Generations for Life » Blog Archive » Pro-Life Student Sues Her School and Wins says:

    [...] few weeks ago I wrote about a 6th grade girl in California whose mother sued her public school after the administration [...]

    Comment posted August 16th, 2010 at 3:47 pm
  4. Melanie says:

    Hey. I read this and don’t quite get it. She wore a shirt that expressed what she thought. So what? All children at all schools should be able to do that. I should be able to wear my Tee-Shirt that say “Free Kisses” on the front and “maybe even more if your hot” on the back, but I am not allowed to.

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