An eighth grader in West Virginia was suspended from school and then arrested for wearing a pro-gun NRA T-shirt. It displays this slogan: “protect your right.”
He claims First Amendment protection for Second Amendment rights. So does his lawyer.
So, another goofy school decision will wind up in the courts unless the school backs down. This is par for the course.
The school prohibits apparel that depicts violence. The principal thinks the image of a gun broke the rule. The rule says this:
“A student will not dress or groom in a manner that disrupts the educational process or is detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of others. A student will not dress in a manner that is distractive or indecent, to the extent that it interferes with the teaching and learning process, including wearing any apparel that displays or promotes any drug-, alcohol- or tobacco-related product that is prohibited in school buildings, on school grounds, in school-leased or owned vehicles, and at all school-affiliated functions.”
Would this have been enforced if the shirt had said “no more violence,” with this image?