Pro-Life T-Shirt Is Not Profane or Obscene, Student Says

Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:04pm EDT
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( - A Virginia high school says a student's pro-life T-shirt violates the school's ban on using profane or obscene language.

The shirt says, "Abortion is Homicide. You will not silence my message. You will not mock my God. You will stop killing my generation. Rock for Life."

An assistant vice principal at Denbigh High School in Newport News told the student to stop wearing the shirt, but with the help of a public interest law firm, the student is now fighting that order.

The Thomas More Law Center says it has sent a four-page letter to school officials, defending the student's constitutional right to wear his pro-life shirt. The Law Center noted that other students are allowed to display messages on their clothing -- including, in one case, the display of a marijuana leaf.

By no stretch of the imagination could the student's pro-life message be considered lewd, vulgar, profane, or obscene, the Law Center said in its letter to school officials.

The Law Center said it has requested a response from school officials by March 19. It wants the school to provide written assurance that the student will be allowed to wear his pro-life T-shirt to school.

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