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Colo. student suspended for donning anti-Obama shirt

By The Associated Press
09.24.08

AURORA, Colo. — Aurora school officials say they suspended a fifth-grader last week because the anti-Obama slogan on his T-shirt was causing a disruption, and not because of the slogan itself.

Eleven-year-old Daxx Dalton wore a hand-lettered shirt to Frontier School that read “Obama — A terrorist’s best friend.” He was suspended for three days when he refused to turn the shirt inside-out or wear a different one.

Daxx and his father, Dann Dalton, say his First Amendment rights were violated.

Aurora Superintendent of Schools John Barry denied that yesterday. He says Daxx was disciplined because the shirt was causing some shouting and yelling.

Barry says Daxx’s sister wore a shirt that had the word “Obama” with a bar through it and a pro-McCain slogan, and she wasn’t suspended.


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