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.