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Judge Backs Student in T-Shirt Protest

October 02, 2003|From Reuters

DETROIT — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a Detroit-area school acted improperly in barring a student antiwar protester from wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of President Bush and the words "International Terrorist."

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in March claiming that the constitutional rights of student Bretton Barber were violated a month earlier by Dearborn High School when it ordered him either to wear the T-shirt inside out or to go home.

In a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan in Detroit said the school had failed to back its claim that the T-shirt threatened to create a "disturbance or disruption" at Dearborn High.

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