School Allows Anti-Gay T-Shirt in Class, Cites the First Amendment

The student wore the shirt during an event meant to raise awareness on bullying

By on February 27th, 2013 15:53 GMT

A high-school in Connecticut will be allowing a student to wear an obviously anti-gay T-shirt, pictured above.

It appears the student wore the garment on the Day of Silence at Wolcott High School, a 2012 event meant to raise awareness of bullying suffered by members of the gay community. At the time, he was ordered to take it off, but officials have since reconsidered, WFSB reports.

“The First Amendment was written to protect unpopular speech, which is naturally the kind of speech that will always need protection,” a spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut says.

“The Wolcott Public Schools believes in and supports the First Amendment rights of students, in accordance with both court decisions and the policies of the Wolcott Board of Education,” the school writes in a statement.

As you can see, the First Amendment has been thrown around a lot when discussing this issue. However, freedom of speech does not protect against prosecution for instigating to hate crimes. Leave your opinion on the matter in the comments section below.

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