A federal judge ruled this week that a local high school student had his First Amendment rights violated when district officials suspended the young man for wearing a pro-Trump t-shirt; demanding they pay the student $25,000 and issue a formal apology.
According to the Oregonian, 18-year old senior Addison Barnes was suspended in January for wearing a shirt that read “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” with the slogan “The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller” written across the back.
“A federal judge Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order, barring Hillsboro’s Liberty High School from preventing senior Addison Barnes from wearing his pro-border wall T-shirt to school for the rest of this school year,” wrote the Oregonian earlier this year.
Now the school district is ordered to pay the student $25,000 and issue a formal apology for violating his First Amendment rights.
“I brought this case to stand up for myself and other students who might be afraid to express their right-of-center views,” Barnes said in a statement. “Everyone knows that if a student wears an anti-Trump shirt to school, the teachers won’t think twice about it. But when I wore a pro-Trump shirt, I got suspended. That’s not right.”
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WEST COAST CHAOS: Oregon Student SUSPENDED for Pro-Trump Shirt
An 18-year-old Oregon high school student is suing his school district after he was abruptly suspended earlier this year, saying they violated his First Amendment rights when they demanded he cover up or remove a pro-Trump shirt.
The student, identified as Addison Barnes, said school officials asked him to remove his “Donald J. Trump Construction Company” shirt, including the President’s quote “The wall just got 10 feet taller.”
“The school official who pulled Barnes out of class to ask him to cover the shirt also told him at least one student and one teacher had been offended by the shirt, The Associated Press reported,” writes the Sacramento Bee.
“I decided, you know this isn’t right,” said the student. “I have my First Amendment, and it’s not right what they’re doing.”
Barnes filed a lawsuit against the district this week, claiming the school violated his “free speech rights” when they demanded he remove the apparel.
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CHAOS ON CAMPUS: University of Wisconsin to Punish Student Protesters
The University of Wisconsin approved a controversial policy over the weekend, outlining the campus’s restrictions regarding protesting students and saying those who “disrupt campus speeches” will be disciplined and possibly expelled.
According to the Associated Press, the university’s leadership announced the new measures on Friday, saying they would suspend and expel students who commit multiple violations of the school’s free speech policies.
The new rules state that students who “disrupt” free speech rallies or events will be suspended after their second offense, and expelled if caught protesting three times; urging faculty members and the student body to experience “all sides” of the political debate.
“Perhaps the most important thing we can do as a university is to teach students how to engage and listen to those with whom they differ,” said President Ray Cross. “If we don’t show students how to do this, who will? Without civil discourse and a willingness to listen and engage with different voices, all we are doing is reinforcing our existing values.”
The school’s decision comes after months of student protests at the University of California at Berkeley over conservative and right-wing speeches and rallies; with many protests turning violent. The demonstrations prompted calls from conservatives around the country to gain equal access to University speaking tours as their liberal counterparts.
Liberals on the campus are calling the guidelines “restrictive,” saying the new policy will “suppress free speech.”
“Who’s going to show up to a protest if they think they could be potentially expelled?” asked Democratic State Rep. Chris Taylor, whose district includes the school’s campus.