Court hears SC Confederate clothing case

RICHMOND, Va. — A former South Carolina student who was not allowed to wear Confederate-themed clothing to school has asked a federal appeals court to reinstate her lawsuit challenging the ban.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Candice Hardwick. She claims the Latta School District violated her free-speech rights by prohibiting her from wearing shirts depicting the Confederate battle flag.

A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit filed by Hardwick in 2006 when she was a 15-year-old high school sophomore. The judge ruled that officials acted reasonably to prevent conflict in the racially diverse schools.

The appeals court typically takes several weeks to rule.


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