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American Scene: ACLU says school wrong to outlaw anti-gay shirt
ACLU: School wrong to outlaw anti-gay shirt
HARTFORD | The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday said a Connecticut high school violated a student’s rights to free expression by asking him to remove a T-shirt with an anti-gay message.
Seth Groody, a junior at Wolcott High School, wore the shirt bearing a rainbow with a slash through it on April 20, which had been designated by the school as a day of awareness of harassment toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. The other side showed two stick figures - a male and a female - holding hands above the message “Excessive Speech Day,” according to the ACLU of Connecticut.
The group said the student told them he removed the shirt under protest on school officials’ orders.
In a letter to principal Joseph Monroe, the ACLU said the school violated the student’s First Amendment rights. It asked for assurances from school officials that students will be allowed to wear clothing with similar messages.
Mr. Monroe’s office said Tuesday that he had no comment.
Labor woes at Belmont as Triple Crown bid nears
NEW YORK | New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging both sides to resolve a labor dispute that’s threatening to scratch I’ll Have Another’s chance of winning thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown in more than 30 years.
His intervention comes as a mediator meets Tuesday with the New York Racing Association and union leaders. Some track workers have gone two years without a new contract.
Mr. Cuomo said it’s unacceptable that the dispute could get in the way of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
An official with the union representing maintenance and starting-gate workers at the racetrack said he hadn’t heard of any progress in the talks as of Tuesday afternoon.
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