SALEM, Ore. – A high school student disciplined in Oregon because of a "Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co." wore. T-shirt reached an agreement on his complaint against the school district, his lawyers said on Tuesday. The Hillsboro School District in the western suburbs of Portland has to pay $ 25,000 for attorney fees and the director had to write an apology.
The case highlights the struggle between schools to maintain freedom of speech rights and keep students safe, as bitterness reinforces America'sand enforcement.
"I have filed this case to voice for myself and other students who may be afraid to voice their right-wing views," said Addison Barnes, who was a senior at Liberty High School when the incident happened in January In a statement sent by his lawyers.
In January, Barnes wore the "Donald J. Trump Border Construction Co." T-shirt to a class where a discussion on immigration issues was planned. The shirt also said, "The wall only got three meters bigger," a reference to a comment by President Donald Trump.
According to the lawsuit, a school official called on Barnes and told him that at least one student and one teacher had been insulted by the shirt. Barnes was told to either cover his shirt or go home. Barnes went home, and his absence was listed as a suspension, which was later overturned, said the school district.
One-third of Liberty's student body is of Hispanic descent and some of their family members have been deported. There have recently been events such as a sit-in to protest immigration policies, and there have been racially motivated incidents, the school district said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The Liberty High School administration believed that it could reasonably predict that Mr. Barnes' shirt might cause other students to feel insecure and possibly lead to disputes, altercations or other disturbing acts," the school district said , School administrations "acted with great caution on behalf of the student body to ensure safety."
Barnes said his right to freedom of expression was violated. A federal judge issued an injunction on May 29 that barely prevented Barnes from wearing his shirt and said the school district had not justified his censorship.
The Benbrook Law Group of Sacramento, California, and Lynch Conger McLane of Bend, Oregon, who announced the settlement, noted that high school had allowed one of their teachers to put up signs of protecting cities that protect immigrants in the United States States illegal.
Barnes said he was chosen to support Mr. Trump.
"Everyone knows that when a student wears an anti-Trump shirt to school, teachers will not think twice about it," Barnes said Tuesday. "But when I wore a Pro Trump shirt, I was suspended, which is not right."
Mike McLane, partner of Lynch Conger McLane and Republican member of the Legislature of Oregon, said, "Political speech, whether popular or not, is protected by the Constitution."
"Addison Barnes should be praised for his courage," said Brad Benbrook, one of Barnes' lawyers, in a statement, CBS Portland member KOIN reported. "The message on his shirt was not the point of this case, we took the case to the police, the Thought Police, and the First Amendment does not allow what happens in too many schools today."
The school district said on Tuesday that the incident constituted a legal gray area. He cited cases where federal courts upheld school bans on statements that were protected outside public schools, including T-shirts with the Confederate flag, the American flag and the saying, "We are not criminals."
The school district said instead of contesting the lawsuit, which would have been costly and disruptive, instead compromised.
A letter from Principal Greg Timmons apologizes for the initial suspension imposed on Barnes for leaving the campus and any disruption that caused him, and wishes him good future in the future, the district said.