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Thursday, November 6, 2008

MN School District settles lawsuit over Christian T-shirt

HUTCHINSON, Minn. -- The Hutchinson School District has settled a lawsuit with the family of a sixth grader over the district's response to anti-abortion T-shirts he wore to school.

The district agreed to pay the student $1 damages and $12,500 in legal fees, but didn't admit to violating the law. The settlement was filed in federal court on Wednesday. The district says it settled because it didn't want the expense of fighting the lawsuit.

The settlement allows the student to wear his T-shirts, although the district retained the right to react of the shirts cause substantial disruption in the schools.

The lawsuit claims that during April a middle school principal and several teachers told the student he couldn't wear the shirts, and when he did they made him turn them inside out.
The shirts had various slogans, including, "Abortion ... growing, growing, gone," and what the district considered graphic images.

The lawsuit was filed in June by attorneys for the Thomas More Law Center, a Michigan-based Christian legal advocacy group.


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