Judge Issues Temporary Injunction in School Uniform Case

OCTOBER 20, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction that allows students in the Watson Chapel SchoolDistrict to wear black armbands without fear of reprisal in protest of the school's dress code.

U-S District Judge Leon Holmes issued the injunction yesterday. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas on behalf of three students, asks that any disciplinary measures against the three be halted. It also calls for the dresscode to be declared unconstitutional.

In his injunction, Holmes said the Watson Chapel case had similarities with a 1969 U-S Supreme Court Decision that said a school district in Iowa couldn't ban students from wearing black armbands in protest of the Vietnam War.

On October Sixth, some students wore small black armbands to school, protesting a new, more restrictive dress code. About 20 students were suspended from school for a day over the protest.

Mike Dennis, an attorney representing the district, said a temporary injunction would allow teens to further violate the uniform policy.

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