PALMERTON, Pa. — Heeding an ACLU request, an eastern Pennsylvania school district has agreed to clear the disciplinary records of 20 students who wore T-shirts protesting the district’s new dress code.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the Palmerton Area School District infringed on the free-speech rights of students who wore T-shirts emblazoned with “Property of PHS” and their student identification numbers.
About 40 students wore the shirts to class last month to protest a new dress code that bans body piercings and limits the coloring of hair.
Students were told they could either change their shirts, serve an in-school suspension, or leave school grounds and receive an unexcused absence and zeros for schoolwork missed that day.
Twenty students took the option of an in-school suspension or an unexcused absence.