The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has sued Giles County school officials for prohibiting a student from wearing pro-LGBT rights apparel to school, reports The Tennessean.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit Monday against Giles County Schools’ superintendent, the school board and a high school principal.
The prohibition of pro-LGBT rights apparel violates students’ free speech rights, according to the lawsuit.
“Our goal in this case is to ensure that students are not censored for expressing their support for the equal treatment and acceptance of LGBT students,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee director, in an interview.
Richland High School senior Rebecca Young wore a pro-LGBT T-shirt on the first day of school in August. Young’s shirt read, “Some People Are Gay, Get Over It.”
Richland High Principal Micah Landers publicly reprimanded Young for wearing the T-shirt, the lawsuit says. Landers said Young could not wear the T-shirt to school because it made her a target for bullying and provoked other students, the lawsuit says.
In a phone call with Young’s mother, Superintendent Philip Wright said he supported Landers’ action. Wright said any clothing expressing support for the LGBT community, including a rainbow symbol, violated the school’s dress code, the lawsuit says.