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ACLU sues Alachua over offensive shirts

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Bilde The ACLU has filed a federal suit in favor of allowing kids to wear T-shirts with anti-Islam messages to school. It's about freedom of speech, the group says, and not about disrupting school, as the Alachua district claims.

Earlier this year, some children attending Alachua public schools were told to change their T-shirts, which read "Islam is of the devil," or to leave. Their parents pulled them from school.

While the ACLU does not support the shirts' message, Florida executive director Howard Simon told the Gainesville Sun, it backs their right to say it.

A district spokeswoman said the district stands by its decision to enforce its dress code "to prevent students from wearing items that are distracting or disruptive to the learning environment." 

(Photo from the Gainesville Sun)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:42am]

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