High School Student Suspended For Pro-Trump Shirt Awarded $25,000, Apology in Settlement
An Oregon student who was suspended for wearing a pro-border wall Donald Trump t-shirt will be granted a $25,000 settlement and a written apology from his school district.
Addison Barnes, 18, was a student at Liberty High School in Oregon when he was suspended for refusing to cover or change out of a t-shirt that said “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” and “The Wall Just Got Ten Feet Taller.” Barnes, who had worn the shirt for a politics class where immigration would be discussed, was told by his assistant principal to either cover up or go home, as some students and a teacher were offended by his shirt.
“At first I covered it for a few minutes,” Barnes told Fox News. “Then I thought to myself this isn’t right, this goes against the First Amendment and my beliefs, so I took the jacket off.”
Barnes was escorted out of the class and suspended in January of 2018. As a result, Barnes sued Liberty High School, the assistant principal, and the Hillsboro School District for violating his First Amendment rights. Barnes has since graduated from the school.