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Pa. high school clears disciplinary records of dress-code protesters

By The Associated Press
10.08.09

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.


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Students who wore shirts that featured 'Property of PHS' and student-ID numbers to oppose new dress code were told to remove them or face in-school suspensions. 09.22.09

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