Wednesday, October 27, 2010

South Carolina Student Fights Against School Bigotry

Court to hear SC Confederate clothing case

Associated Press
October 27, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A South Carolina school district's refusal to let students wear Confederate-themed clothing is the subject of a federal appeals court review.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear arguments Wednesday in the case of Candice Hardwick, who claims the Latta School District violated her free-speech rights by prohibiting her from wearing shirts depicting the Confederate battle flag.

A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit filed by Hardwick in 2006 when she was a 15-year-old high school sophomore. The judge ruled that school officials acted appropriately to prevent conflict in the racially diverse schools.

Hardwick wants the appeals court to reinstate the lawsuit.