- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 21, 2007

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A seventh-grader might end up in court for wearing Winnie the Pooh socks to school.

Toni Kay Scott, 14, was sent to an in-school suspension program called Students With Attitude Problems last year for violating a dress code, according to a lawsuit against the Napa Valley Unified School District and Redwood Middle School.

She had donned socks with the Tigger character from the “Winnie the Pooh” cartoons, along with a denim skirt and a brown shirt with a pink border.

The school’s policy requires students to wear clothes with solid colors in blue, white, green, yellow, khaki, gray, brown and black. Permitted fabrics are cotton twill, corduroy and chino. No denim is allowed.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Napa County Superior Court by the American Civil Liberties Union and a law firm on the girl’s behalf, says the dress code is unconstitutionally vague and too restrictive.

“We should be able to show everyone who we are and have a way to express ourselves, as long as we aren’t showing off things that shouldn’t be shown off at school,” the teenager said.

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