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Teen Sues Over Confederate Flag Dress

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by LoKyBuckeye, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    Teen Sues Over Confederate Flag Dress
    She Was Kicked Out of Prom for Wearing Homemade Stars and Bars Dress

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 22) -- A teenager is suing her school district for barring her from the prom last spring because she was wearing a dress styled as a large Confederate battle flag.

    The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court claims the Greenup County district and administrators violated Jacqueline Duty's First Amendment right to free speech and her right to celebrate her heritage at predominantly white Russell High School's prom May 1. She also is suing for defamation, false imprisonment and assault.

    "Her only dance for her senior prom was on the sidewalk to a song playing on the radio," said her lawyer, Earl-Ray Neal.

    Duty, 19, is seeking actual and punitive damages in excess of $50,000.

    She said she worked on the design for the dress for four years, though she acknowledged that some might find the Confederate flag offensive.

    "Everyone has their own opinion. But that's not mine," she told reporters outside the courthouse. "I'm proud of where I came from and my background."

    Duty, now a college student, said school officials told her before the prom not to wear the dress, but she didn't have another one and decided to see if administrators would change their minds.

    According to her lawsuit, she was met outside by two police officers and principal Sean Howard. She said the principal intimidated her by striking the vehicle she was in.

    School offices were closed Wednesday. Superintendent Ronnie Back did not immediately respond to a call to his home seeking comment.

    The Sons of Confederate Veterans has promised to help pay some of her legal expenses.

    12-22-04 17:26 EST
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  2. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    no....her first chance was to wear a normal dress. its her own racist fault.
  3. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    It has already been ruled that a school can dictate what you wear. I don't see any school losing this lawsuit.
  4. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    here's a pic of her.... :lol:

  5. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    Maybe they just didn't want fat people taking up dance floor space.
  6. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    yeah... now we know why it took her 4 years to make the dress.
  7. scUM Buster

    scUM Buster kick some ass

    :slappy: You just can't make up a better name for this situation.
  8. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    Just found this picture of her ma and pa.

  9. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

  10. BrutusBobcat

    BrutusBobcat Icon and Entertainer

    Here's how it works: lose the war, lose the flag. That's how it goes. You can't get your ass kicked then whine that you should be allowed to keep your colors. Lousy bunch of traitorous secessionists.
  11. vrbryant

    vrbryant Ever thus to ____ers Staff Member

    I'm about as anti-south as it gets,'s just a fucking dress. I don't know that it warrants a lawsuit, but she should have been allowed to wear the dress.
  12. JXC

    JXC 17-3 since 2001

    I think this is an interesting case. Because she wasn't wearing the dress to school for classes, but wearing it for a dance. I understand restriction on what kids wear to class, because it can negatively effect the learning environment. But a dance may be different. I think the dress is hideous, and I don't think very much of her for wanting to wear something like that. But at the same time, I don't know about her not having a right to wear it at something like that. I mean...I sat next to a guy who had a shirt with that flag on it in high school. He wore it about every week or so. Nobody ever said anything, and that was to class. I never even thought much of it, just kind of showed me who he was and made him look somewhat ignorant.

    If people want to do things like this, we should let them. It just let's them express how much of a dumbass they are. If you are going to spend 4 years working on something like that, you are definitely a dumbass.

    She could win this case though...The Supreme Court has stated that after school activities that take place in the school are separate from actual classes in school. The religion in school issue has dealt with this a lot. I wonder how students felt about the dress. I wonder if it would have caused fights to break out...if so then I understand them not letting her in. But if it wouldn't have caused such things to happen, or they weren't imminent. Then I really fail to see the reason she couldn't wear the dress. If she wants the world to know she's a racist idiot...then that's her choice.
  13. iambrutus

    iambrutus Screw Blue

    i agree 100% people need to stop being such pussies. now if she had walked in there saying how she was going to kill blacks and how much she hated minorities then you could get pissed. when was the last time a dress hurt someone. i'm sick of this whole "you cant say this about that person, and you cant say that about this person" IT WAS A FUCKING DRESS
  14. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Confederate flag = Swastika. Just because a group of dipshit Americans worship it, doesn't make it any better.

    why should she have a case? Aren't the sponsors of a dance able to establish a dress code?
  15. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Both are protected....

    This isn't Russia.

    This isn't Russia is it?

    However... she ain't gonna win shit... whether its an after school activity or not, the administrators have nearly free reign to dictate acceptable behavior, be it dress code or whatever. Whether its 'right' or not, all the school has to say is that it excluded the dress on the grounds that it potentially created a hostile environment and thus could have led, ultimately, to an usafe situation.

    No judge with half a brain will rule against the schools ability to foster a safe environment... and even if one does, the appeals court won't...

    As much as its racist or whatever... the school's defense is going to be more along the lines of why they can prevent kids from calling each other names or nudie pictures in lockers...

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