Appeals court rules in favor of students banned from wearing gun shirts to school

Appeals court rules in favor of students banned from wearing gun shirts to school

CHICAGO, Ill. (WBAY) – A federal appeals court has sided with Wisconsin students who filed suit after being told they could not wear shirts with gun logos to school. The suit was filed by a former student at Shattuck Middle School in Neenah and a student at Kettle Moraine High School. Principals at the schools are named as defendants. In February 2020, a seventh grade student at Shattuck Middle School wore a shirt with a “Smith & Wesson” logo to school. The logo featured an image of a revolver. Around the same time, a student at Kettle Moraine High School wore shirt with the logo of Wisconsin Carry, Inc., with an image of a handgun. Administrators at both schools banned the students from wearing the shirts “explaining that any clothing depicting firearms is forbidden.” The judges noted that neither school’s dress code “expressly bans” clothing featuring firearms. In the Shattuck case, the student was referred to the associate principal for dress code violations. The student was told he could not wear clothing showing guns and was asked to cover up the shirt. He was not disciplined. “The Shattuck Middle School dress code for the 2019–2020 school year is found in the school’s parent handbook; the relevant portions are in the record. Nothing in the policy specifically prohibits students from wearing clothing depicting firearms. Instead, the dress code is stated in very general terms: student attire must be ‘appropriate for a professional atmosphere and not disruptive to the learning environment,” […]

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