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Gay student sues Ohio school district over T-shirt

Published: Tue, April 3, 2012 @ 3:30 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal lawsuit has been filed in Cincinnati on behalf of a gay student who says his high school is violating his freedom of expression rights by prohibiting him from wearing a T-shirt urging tolerance of gay students.

Maverick Couch’s mother filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Wayne Local School District and its high school principal.

The lawsuit says Couch, a junior, was threatened with suspension if he wears the shirt bearing the message “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.” The lawsuit says school officials told him the shirt is sexual in nature and inappropriate at school.

The lawsuit asks that school officials be ordered to allow Couch to wear the shirt. It also seeks unspecified damages.

Superintendent Patrick Dubbs says he has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment.


1Ytownnative(1041 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Here is what I dont understand
They had a commercial with wanda sykes (i think) saying dont use the phrase "that's so gay" because its offensive. A few months later there is a lawsuit because a gay couple iwas told not to wear the shirt saying "marriage thats so gay" I guess they want it anyway they decide at the time and sue whoever gets in the way.

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2jeano77(1 comment)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Let's get REAL! Who actually would go to a public school wearing a t-shirt like that?! I am sorry to tell you this, but that kid was seriously ASKING to get harressed!! I honestly think the whole case scenario was well thought out and planned....NOW they are sueing the school district simply because they told him not to wear the shirt again?? They have every right to deny him the right to wear that shirt!! This is a joke!!(Oh, and by the way, I am NOT homophobic, either..I just have common sense!!)

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3JoeFromHubbard(1047 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Great idea, toycannon, leave the lawyers out of the deal and let him get a real world education.

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4Ytownnative(1041 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

well if he can wear that shirt can another kid wear a shirt that says jesus hates gays? or does freedom of expression only work one way ?

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5sawtry4fr(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Just another example of the need for uniforms in school. No distractions, no competition to be 'cool', 'hot', or 'trendy'

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