Officials at West Shore School District in Pennsylvania have agreed to lift a ban that prevented at least one middle school student from wearing an “Abortion is not Healthcare” T-shirt.
In response to the policy revisions, Alliance Defense Fund attorneys on Wednesday filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit they had pursued on behalf of the student.
“Public schools should not censor pro-life students for their views,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman, in a statement. “School district officials have done the right thing in recognizing this young man’s First Amendment right to express his beliefs. We commend the revision of their unconstitutional policies so that students can engage in free speech protected by the First Amendment.”
Last September, a student at Crossroads Middle School in Lewisberry, Pa., wore a white shirt that was scribbled with the phrase “Abortion is not Healthcare.” He was sent to the principal’s office by his fifth period teacher and was told his shirt “might insult somebody.” The student had to turn his shirt inside out.
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