Ohio High School Students Told To Remove Rainbow T-Shirts Supporting Gay Rights

The gay T-shirts may be prohibited because they are "political," or because they could a cause a disruption.

The debate at Celina High School started after two female high school students celebrated the high school's "Twin Day" last week by wearing shirts to school that read "Lesbian 1" and "Lesbian 2" on the back. They were promptly asked to remove the T-shirts, according to students there. On Tuesday, some 20 students decided to show their support of the girls by wearing their own T-shirts to school. The shirts read: "I support..." with a photo of a rainbow. "Express yourself."

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"Regardless of the message," says Dennis, "a public school may not silence the students regarding political speech that was not disruptive."

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