(CN) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a student’s challenge of a Texas school district’s dress code banning shirts with words on them.
Administrators in the Waxahachie Independent School District told then-sophomore Paul Palmer that his “San Diego” shirt violated the district’s dress code.
Palmer called his parents, who brought him a “John Edwards for President ’08” T-shirt to wear instead. That shirt wasn’t allowed, either.
Palmer sued in April 1008 and again after the school district adopted a new, more restrictive dress code for the upcoming year.
He argued that the Supreme Court had established a “bright-line rule that schools cannot restrict speech that is not disruptive, lewd, school-sponsored or drug-related.”
The district court sided with the school, and the 5th Circuit affirmed.
The New Orleans-based appeals court called Palmer’s argument “flawed, because it fails to include another type of student speech restriction that schools can institute: content-neutral regulations.”
Without comment, the Supreme Court denied Palmer’s petition for a writ of certiorari.