The following entry, written by ACLUm Online Communications Coordinator Danielle Riendeau, was also cross-posted at Boston.com's On Liberty blog.
True or false? If you are a public high school student in Massachusetts, you have a right to display that phrase on your t-shirt--or many messages that others might find "political," "offensive," "controversial," or "disruptive."
The answer: true. Even though school administrators at Lynn English High School told a student she could not wear the shirt there, they were wrong. Both Massachusetts law and the First Amendment protect a student's right of free expression unless the student "substantially and materially" disrupts the school. (The Supreme Court has carved out some exceptions under the First Amendment, but they don’t apply to this situation.)