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March 15, 2005

A breath of fresh air

From the Fort Wayne News-Sentinal/Journal-Gasette:

Fort Wayne Community Schools officials violated an Elmhurst High School student’s free-speech rights when they suspended him for wearing a T-shirt bearing the likeness of an M-16 rifle and the text of the Marine Corps creed, a federal court ruled Friday.

The district suspended Nelson Griggs in March 2003 for violating a provision of the school dress code that prohibits students from wearing clothing depicting “symbols of violence.”

Griggs, now a 17-year-old junior at Elmhurst, and his father, David, sued the school system in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne in February 2004, arguing the dress code was overly broad. U.S. Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey agreed in his 30-page ruling Friday.

“Schools are under undeniable pressure to prevent student violence,” and the anti-violence section of the dress code is “a reasonable, constitutional tool toward that end,” Cosbey wrote. But in the case of Griggs’ Marine creed shirt, officials went too far, the ruling said.

It's so refreshing to finally hear a judge use his head. Nice to know there are a few left with some common sense.

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 15, 2005 09:26 AM

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