The Limits of Free Speech

Principal Leadership · May 2014 ·by Jonathan Minear and Suzanne Eckes

From 2002 until 2006, a student in Latta, SC, wore shirts displaying or referencing the Confederate flag to her middle school and then to her high school.  Many of her shirts combined a picture of the Confederate flag with various words and images, such as “Southern Chicks,” “Dixie Angels,” and “Daddy’s Little Redneck.” Other shirts made more political statements, such as “Offended by School Censorship of Southern Heritage,” “Honorary Member of the FBI: Federal Bigot Institutions,” and “Jesus and the Confederate Battle Flag: Banned from Our Schools but Forever in Our Hearts.”

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