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Old 07-26-2018, 04:44 AM
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25 grand sounds like chump change and I bet the school will do it again the next time a student wears another political shirt they don't like.


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An Oregon high school student who was suspended over a shirt that touted President Trump’s proposed border wall has agreed to settle his lawsuit after the school agreed to pay $25,000 for his legal fees and have its principal write him an apology.

Addison Barnes, who graduated this year from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Ore., outside Portland, filed a lawsuit in federal court in May alleging that the school violated his First Amendment rights when it punished him for wearing the shirt to a politics class discussion about immigration. The shirt said “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.,” and “The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller.”

An assistant principal told Barnes that he needed to cover the shirt because a student and a teacher said it offended them, according to the complaint filed in U.S. district court in Oregon. Barnes was removed from the class and suspended after he refused, though the suspension was later rescinded.

District Judge Michael W. Mosman sided with Barnes and his lawyers in late May, ordering the school to prevent the school district from banning the shirt while the lawsuit was in progress, a sign that the case had merits to succeed.

Hillsboro School District officials said they decided to settle the case to avoid the “cost and disruption” of litigation. The $25,000 will cover Barnes’s legal fees.

“Please accept my apologies for charging you with a suspension,” the school’s principal, Greg Timmons, wrote in his apology to Barnes. “Best wishes to you in the future.”

In one of the most famous cases about student free-speech rights, Tinker vs. Des Moines, which was cited in Barnes’s court complaint, the Supreme Court sided with students who had been suspended after wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, saying, “Students don’t shed their constitutional rights at the school house gates.” It ruled that student speech could not be censored except in instances where it disrupted or interfered with a school’s activities.
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So now we can put a price tag on what snowflakes feelings are costing one school district; that appears to be $25,000.

Hopefully this is a wake up call to school districts and other institutions that pacifying snowflakes little feelings, comes with a price. It may not always be realized as it was in this case, but more likely it will come back to bite them down the road.
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The $25,000 will cover Barnes’s legal fees
This exposes a VERY large problem in this country...

In no sane world would you have $25,000 in legal fees over a friggin' shirt...
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So now we can put a price tag on what snowflakes feelings are costing one school district; that appears to be $25,000.

Hopefully this is a wake up call to school districts and other institutions that pacifying snowflakes little feelings, comes with a price. It may not always be realized as it was in this case, but more likely it will come back to bite them down the road.
I'm hoping after 8 years of Trump, these whining pampered liberals will be toughened up a little bit when it comes to words, phrases, and symbols.
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25 grand sounds like chump change and I bet the school will do it again the next time a student wears another political shirt they don't like.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-...Tp5?li=BBnb7Kz

An Oregon high school student who was suspended over a shirt that touted President Trump’s proposed border wall has agreed to settle his lawsuit after the school agreed to pay $25,000 for his legal fees and have its principal write him an apology.

Addison Barnes, who graduated this year from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Ore., outside Portland, filed a lawsuit in federal court in May alleging that the school violated his First Amendment rights when it punished him for wearing the shirt to a politics class discussion about immigration. The shirt said “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.,” and “The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller.”

An assistant principal told Barnes that he needed to cover the shirt because a student and a teacher said it offended them, according to the complaint filed in U.S. district court in Oregon. Barnes was removed from the class and suspended after he refused, though the suspension was later rescinded.

District Judge Michael W. Mosman sided with Barnes and his lawyers in late May, ordering the school to prevent the school district from banning the shirt while the lawsuit was in progress, a sign that the case had merits to succeed.

Hillsboro School District officials said they decided to settle the case to avoid the “cost and disruption” of litigation. The $25,000 will cover Barnes’s legal fees.

“Please accept my apologies for charging you with a suspension,” the school’s principal, Greg Timmons, wrote in his apology to Barnes. “Best wishes to you in the future.”

In one of the most famous cases about student free-speech rights, Tinker vs. Des Moines, which was cited in Barnes’s court complaint, the Supreme Court sided with students who had been suspended after wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam War, saying, “Students don’t shed their constitutional rights at the school house gates.” It ruled that student speech could not be censored except in instances where it disrupted or interfered with a school’s activities.
The interesting part of the tale is that this principal just made a name for himself. Not with the media and not with the public, but with his school district. As to weather or not that makes him a hero remains to be seen.

It is notable that what the student was told was either he took the shirt off/covered it up or go home. He opted to go home. After the fact integrity laden principal then decided to level a suspension on said student.

Considering the fact that the student has already graduated and the suspension is actually meaningless post graduation? I applaud his choice to fight the integrity laden principal. Way to cost your district a cool 25 grand for literally nothing. Hero or zero?
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