Western Pa. school district: Student has right to wear Confederate clothing

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 9, 2016 2:59 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Danny Johnston

(Plum) -- A western Pennsylvania school district superintendent says a student has a right to wear a sweatshirt depicting a Confederate flag even though it upsets a black student and her father.

Plum Borough School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that courts have determined officials can't prevent the student from wearing the sweatshirt unless is disrupts the school day. Glasspool says the student has been asked not to wear the sweatshirt, but has refused, in part, because the boy's father believes his son has a right to wear the garment.

Robert Williams, the father of the 11th grader offended by the sweatshirt says Confederate flags "imply things that aren't very nice" and represent slavery and bondage.

Glasspool says "one student's rights clashes with another" in this instance.

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