Ind. middle schooler settles ‘boobies’ bracelet lawsuit, still won’t be allowed to wear it

An Indiana middle school student has settled his free speech lawsuit over an “I (Heart) Boobies” breast cancer awareness bracelet, but will not be allowed to wear it.The Twin Lakes School Corporation and “L.G.,” an eighth grader who was told he could not wear the bracelet, have decided to drop the case, according to school district attorney Tom Wheeler.No money will change hands as a result of the settlement, he said, and the district’s policy will not change.Wheeler said the bracelets cannot be worn in the eighth grade or below, but may be worn in high school as long as they don’t cause a disruption.

Neb. students will not appeal loss in “Julius RIP” T-shirt case

Plaintiffs in a Nebraska suit that called into question the right of students to wear an “RIP” T-shirt have decided not to appeal their case.District Judge Laurie Smith Camp wrote in a directed verdict last month that no “reasonable jury” could rule against the Millard County School District in a First Amendment lawsuit brought by three former students.A trial jury had ruled in early April that the school district acted reasonably when it suspended Dan and Nick Kuhr in 2008 for wearing T-shirts which read “Julius RIP.”The T-shirts were in remembrance of Julius Robinson, who was shot in front of an apartment complex in what was believed to be an act of gang violence.The school district suspended the Kuhrs, arguing that the T-shirts — as well as an accompanying bracelet — had the potential to cause a substantial disruption in school.Though the jury ruled against Dan and Nick Kuhr, it did not find in favor of either party for a third plaintiff, Cassie Kuhr.

Judge finds third Nebraska student’s rights were not violated in “RIP” dispute

A federal judge ruled in favor of the Millard Public School District on Monday, after a jury was unable to decide whether the district violated a student’s First Amendment rights when she was disciplined for wearing “RIP” clothing.Cassie, Dan and Nick Kuhr were suspended for wearing “Julius RIP” clothing and accessories following the death of a friend in gang-related violence.

Miss. student settles lawsuit after being excluded from yearbook because of her tuxedo

The Mississippi teenager whose yearbook portrait was removed because she wore a tuxedo will have her photo displayed alongside her classmates’ in the school library, as part of a settlement reached with the school district last week.The Copiah County School District also will scrap its portrait policy that required male students to wear tuxedos and female students to wear drapes for their official yearbook photos, the ACLU of Mississippi announced.Instead, all students will don graduation caps and gowns for their photos.Ceara Sturgis, a 2010 graduate of the Wesson Attendance Center, filed a discrimination lawsuit “on the basis of sex and on the basis of sex stereotypes” against the eastern Mississippi school district in August 2010.Sturgis, who prefers more masculine clothing, felt “uncomfortable” wearing the drape, designed to mimic a dress, in her photo.

Pennsylvania court: Violating the school dress code isn’t the same as protesting the school dress code

If you wear a Jeff Foxworthy T-shirt to protest your school's dress code ... you might be red-faced.A federal judge has decided two Pennsylvania students have no First Amendment claim against their school district for discipline imposed when they wore non-conforming clothes to school -- even though they say the gesture was meant to express a message of dissent.Don Filippo Scicchitano and Caterina Anna Scicchitano were suspended and ultimately expelled from the Mount Carmel Area School District in Eastern Pennsylvania in 2000, in what they said was retaliation for opposing the school's restrictive dress code (blue-and-khakhi colors, no messages except for the school logo and religious symbols).While the students sometimes wore messages explicitly challenging the regulations, at other times they simply wore clothing noncompliant with the code, including T-shirts listing comedian Foxworthy's "Top Ten Reasons You Might Be a Redneck."They challenged the discipline as a violation of their First Amendment rights, arguing that the Foxworthy shirts and other unapproved clothes should be understood as being a silent extension of their more explicit protesting.In February 2011, a Pennsylvania jury disagreed and ruled in favor of the school district on all of the Scicchitanos' claims.