4/5/12 UPDATE: A federal judge ruled that high school student Maverick Couch can continue wearing his “Jesus is not a homophobe” t-shirt as the court decides a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal against the Waynesville School District.
A gay student whose high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gays is suing the school, saying it’s violating his freedom of expression. The mother of the 16-year-old filed the federal lawsuit against Wayne Local School District and its Waynesville High School principal. The student has been threatened by school officials with suspension if he wears the shirt, which bears the message Jesus Is Not a Homophobe, the lawsuit says. Officials at the public school told him the shirt is “sexual in nature” and is inappropriate for school. Lambda Legal is assisting the student in the lawsuit. Lambda Legal tried to reach a solution without going to court but school officials would not cooperate. “Schools should be in the business of educating students about First Amendment freedoms,” Lambda said, “not trampling on their right to express themselves.”
[via The Marietta Times]