On Tuesday, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against Liberty High School, preventing the school from enforcing a ban on one student’s pro-Trump shirt that reads, “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.”
The student, 18-year-old Addison Barnes, sued the school district, claiming it violated the First Amendment after it suspended him for revealing the shirt. The shirt featured President Trump’s warning that the southern border wall “just got 10 feet taller.”RandomTopicsWithHumor/YouTube
Vice Principal Amanda Ryan-Fear reportedly told Barnes that he had to cover the shirt, which she said offended at least one student and teacher at the high school. He initially complied but later revealed his shirt, prompting the school to suspend him.
“I thought to myself, ‘You know this isn’t right, this is my First Amendment right to be able to wear this shirt,'” Barnes reportedly said.
Watch Barnes speak about the issue below:
“I should be able to wear the shirt and express my beliefs just as other students should be able to express their views that I may disagree with.”
High school student Addison Barnes speaks out after his school refused to let him wear a pro-Trump border wall T-shirt to class. pic.twitter.com/XCmS96U2x5
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Barnes, who only has days left as a senior at the school, will now be able to wear the shirt before he graduates, according to The Oregonian.
“There’s not enough to go on here to show that sort of legitimate concern justifying censorship of this core political speech,” Judge Michael W. Mosman said.
Barnes’ attorney argued that his shirt didn’t contain a “disruptive” message and therefore didn’t fall under the school’s policy against those types of phrases.
The school district complained that Barnes’ shirt would make students, 33 percent of whom were Hispanic, feel insecure.
“This particular school district has a population that is one-third Hispanic,” attorney Peter Mersereau said. In response, Mosman asked: “So First Amendment protections vary from high school to high school?”