Justices turn away dress-code case

By The Associated Press
01.11.10

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is declining to review a Texas school district dress code that prohibited student clothing that featured political commentary.

Without comment today, the justices rejected an appeal from a high school senior in suburban Dallas who sued the Waxahachie Independent School District, accusing it of violating his free-speech rights.

Paul "Pete" Palmer, now a senior, first sought to wear a T-shirt supporting John Edwards' presidential campaign in 2007. He later asked permission to wear other shirts with political messages, including one that had "Freedom of Speech" on the front and the First Amendment printed on the back.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the code last August in Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School District, saying the policy’s intent was to eliminate distractions.