ACLU sues for students to wear anti-Islam shirts


The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued a north Florida school district. The lawsuit claims the Alachua County School District violated students’ rights by not allowing them to wear T-shirts with an anti-Islamic message.

The civil rights organization says it doesn’t agree with the “Islam is of the Devil,” message printed on T-shirts distributed by the Dove World Outreach Center and worn by area school children. But the ACLU says it supports the students’ constitutional right to freedom of speech.

The district, which did not return a phone call seeking comment from The Associated Press, has called the messages disruptive and a violation of the dress code.

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