- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 23, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A suburban San Diego teenager who was barred from wearing an anti-homosexuality T-shirt to class lost a bid last week to have his high school’s dress code suspended.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the school could restrict what students wear to prevent disruptions.

The ruling addressed only the narrow issue of whether the dress code should be enforced pending the outcome of the student’s lawsuit.

A majority of judges said, however, that Tyler Harper was unlikely to prevail on claims that the Poway Unified School District violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion.

The teen sued after the district kept him out of class when he wore a shirt with the message “homosexuality is shameful.”

Jack Sleeth, a school district attorney, said that Thursday’s ruling supports the district’s prohibition of T-shirts with messages that are offensive to some.

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