- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 5, 2006

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former high-school student who filed a lawsuit over trying to attend the prom wearing a dress with a Confederate flag design has reached a settlement with the school district, her attorney said.

School officials kept Jacqueline Duty out of Russell High School’s May 1, 2004, prom for wearing the dress.

Miss Duty then filed a lawsuit against the school district in U.S. District Court in Lexington, claiming the district and administrators violated her First Amendment right to free speech and her right to celebrate her heritage.

Her attorney, Earl-Ray Neal, verified that a settlement has been reached, but said terms of the settlement will not be disclosed. According to an order filed last week by U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Patterson, attorneys for the school board had notified the court of the settlement.

“My client feels vindicated, and we feel quite happy that the school district and administration were able to work with Ms. Duty and reach an amicable settlement,” Mr. Neal said.

The settlement has not been presented to the judge and is subject to the judge’s approval, he said.

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