Judge defends school’s ban on Confederate threads
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge says a Tennessee school’s ban on Confederate clothing was a reasonable attempt to prevent disruptions because of previous racial threats at the school.
U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan threw out a former student’s free speech lawsuit against the school dress code, ruling Tuesday that there would be no retrial.
Anderson County High School had banned Tommy Defoe from wearing a belt buckle and T-shirt bearing the Confederate flag.
A jury had failed to reach a verdict in Defoe’s case nearly a year ago.
Defoe’s lawyers say the ruling, which was based on a federal appeals decision in a similar case, will likely be appealed.
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