Tuesday, November 24, 2020
High school forces student to remove pro-Trump face mask, allows pro-Biden masks: warning letter | The College Fix
Not only was Bradford’s claim about the dress code false, but Northwest Rankin High has “[a]pparently” allowed students and teachers, “without reprimand,” to wear face masks and other clothing supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, gay rights and the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a legal warning letter sent on Election Day.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Ferguson, told Rankin County Board of Education President Grumpy Farmer (yes, that’s his name) that the dress code “gives too much discretion to administrators to censor viewpoints such as Mr. Ferguson’s while permitting other opposing viewpoints.”
It explicitly prohibits clothing and masks with “suggestive, obscene, disruptive, or vulgar designs, pictures, symbols, slogans or statements that cause a disruption to or detract from the educational process.”
The school must “immediately” let Ferguson wear his pro-Donald Trump mask (above), revise the dress-code policy “to prevent further discrimination” based on viewpoint, and train its staff on the First Amendment rights of students, the letter says.
The alliance warns the school board not to ignore the public interest law firm, which has nine victories at the U.S. Supreme Court in the past nine years.