Washoe County School District settles suit over student's pro gun t-shirt
The Washoe County School District and a plaintiff have reached a resolution for the First Amendment case that was filed earlier this year.
The case arose when a student wore a Firearms Policy Coalition t-shirt to school and a teacher instructed the student to cover the shirt.
The incident was not reported to the school principal or WCSD administration.
The student filed a federal complaint against WCSD and the school principal, alleging the District violated his first amendment rights.
Within days of receiving the complaint, the WCSD took immediate action by permitting the student to wear the shirt and updating school dress codes to ensure the incident is not repeated.
“We believe that Washoe County School District’s immediate corrective response once it received notice of the First Amendment concern reflects its ongoing commitment to foster an educational environment that respects the cultural diversity of the various communities within the District,” said Neil Rombardo, Chief General Counsel for the Washoe County School District. “Washoe County School District and its staff understand the importance of individual student expression, and we encourage families to communicate with their school administration if they believe staff has infringed on those rights.”