California student’s anti-gay T-shirt not protected by First Amendment, court rules

Afederal appeals court ruled April 20 that a school district was justified inbarring a student from wearing a T-shirt with anti-gaystatements.

School officials can restrict what students wear to avoidviolating the rights or well-being of vulnerable student populations like gaystudents, according to the decision handed down by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court ofAppeals.

In a 2-1 decision, the court held that officials at PowayHigh School in Poway, Calif., did not violate student Tyler Harper