by Steven Ertelt
September 18, 2006
Livingston, CA (LifeNews.com) — A California public school has reversed its position on preventing students from wearing pro-life t-shirts. Two middle school students were admonished by school officials for wearing pro-life shirts with the message "Help Cure Abortion."
After administrative complaint filed by Pacific Justice Institute attorneys, the school relented.
According to PJI, one student was pulled out of her classroom by two instructors who told her she couldn’t wear the shirt to school. They said the shirt’s pro-life message was “inappropriate.”
The shirts, sponsored by the pro-life youth organization Rock for Life, call abortion "The leading cause of death in America" and say 1.2 million babies die annual in abortions.
The instructors told the student to remove her shirt and put it inside out and warned her that she would be sent home if she refused to follow their instructions. The teen’s sister, who also wore a pro-life t-shirt, was told that she would be sent home with a note from the principal saying she can’t wear the shirt again.
Faced with potential discipline from the school, the students complied.
After the school received PJI’s complaint, the school wrote to the law firm saying it agreed with its position that the students had a First Amendment right to wear the pro-life t-shirts. The school administration has instructed school staff not to take action against other students wearing the shirts.
“We salute this school district’s willingness to quickly resolve this outrageous injustice to these two students,” said Brad Daucus, president of the President of Pacific Justice Institute. “But even more importantly, we salute those students and their families for not allowing this injustice to continue.”
Daucus urged parents or students facing similar problems to contact the law firm so it can help them confront school officials.
Related web sites:
Pacific Justice Institute – https://www.pacificjusitce.org