Friday, June 03, 2005

Confederates score victory in court battle

This article in the Daily Mail notes that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. ruled Tuesday that a dress code at Hurricane High School that banned items bearing the "Rebel flag" is overly broad and violates students' First Amendment rights to free speech.

The court ruled that because the flag had not been used "as a tool for disruption, intimidation, or trampling upon the rights of others," at the school in the past, the flag ban was not appropriate. However, if the atmosphere were to change, such a ban could be permissible.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

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