Free Speech Win and Dress Code Policy Change
A Sierra High School junior filed a lawsuit against Manteca Unified School District claiming a free speech violation after being sent home for wearing a shirt the read, “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian.”
Other instances involving dress code policies across the state have surfaced recently. In Riverside County, a boy was sent home for wearing an Elsa dress as a costume. In Fresno County, a school district voted to keep an outdated dress code that barred boys from wearing earring and long hair
Taylor Victor, filed the lawsuit in August noting that her pro-gay shirt was not in violation of any explicitly written district dress code policy.
“The law on this is very clear: Public schools can’t censor the personal beliefs of students,” said American Civil Liberties Union attorney Linnea Nelson. “The message of Taylor’s T-shirt expresses the most fundamental type of speech already protected by the First Amendment, the California Constitution and the California education code.”
The district must comply and change their policy.
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