After the 18-year-old Addison Barnes was suspended from Liberty High School for wearing a pro-Trump shirt, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order against the school on Tuesday.
Vice Principal Amanda Ryan-Fear reportedly told 18-year-old Addison Barnes that he must cover the shirt’s inscription because at least one student and teacher at the high school is offended by it.
"I should be able to wear the shirt and express my beliefs just as other students should be able to express their views that I may disagree with."
High school student Addison Barnes speaks out after his school refused to let him wear a pro-Trump border wall T-shirt to class. pic.twitter.com/XCmS96U2x5
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 25, 2018
Barnes initially complied but later revealed his shirt, prompting the school to suspend him.
‘I thought to myself, ‘You know this isn’t right, this is my First Amendment right to be able to wear this shirt,” Barnes reportedly said.
According to The Oregonian, Addison Barnes, who only has just a few more days left as a senior at the school, will now be able to wear the shirt before he graduates.
Barnes’ attorney stated that his shirt didn’t contain a ‘disruptive’ message and because of that he didn’t fall under the school’s policy against those types of phrases.
The school complained that due to his shirt, many students may feel insecure, such as 33 percent of which were Hispanic.
‘There’s not enough to go on here to show that sort of legitimate concern justifying censorship of this core political speech,’ Judge Michael W. Mosman said.
‘This particular school district has a population that is one-third Hispanic,’ attorney Peter Mersereau said. In response, Mosman asked: ‘So First Amendment protections vary from high school to high school?’