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Student Who Wore ‘Border Wall Construction Co.’ Shirt Gets Good News From Judge

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A student attending an Oregon high school was told he could not wear a t-shirt to class with the words “Border Wall Construction Co.” on it because it was “anti-illegal immigration,” but a federal judge just slapped that down with a vengeance.

Perhaps there’s still some folks in the judicial system who still believe in the Bill of Rights and the freedom of speech after all?

Addison Barnes is a student at Liberty High — ironic name for a school that just attempted to silence a kid’s First Amendment rights, isn’t it? — was suspended for wearing the shirt back in January of this year. The school said it “created a hostile learning environment.”

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Ironically, Barnes wore the tee on a day when his “People and Politics” class was discussing immigration. An assistant principal informed him he’d have to cover the shirt, noting that “at least one other student” and a teacher said it had offended them.

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Barnes complied at first, but then changed his mind because “what he was asked to do wasn’t right.” Later that period, the assistant principal had a school resource officer remove Barnes from the class, and told him he could face a 10-day suspension for “defiance.”

Barnes ended up suing the school, the district, and the Liberty principal.

Liberty HS officials argued in court that Barnes’ shirt “would make students feel insecure in school,” noting its 33-percent Hispanic demographic. They also indicated Liberty had been the site “of recent student walkouts and sit-ins to protest Trump’s immigration policies.”

Judge Michael Mosman responded, “So First Amendment protections vary from high school to high school?”

Boom!

Mosman continued to literally lay down the law, stating that while the school has the right to be concerned about how other students may respond to the shirt, the “thin” court record offered very little support that this particular shirt would cause any substantial disruption during school hours.

“There’s not enough to go on here to show that sort of legitimate concern justifying censorship of this core political speech,” Mosman said.

Barnes was asked by the media if he planned on wearing the shirt again before he graduates. Barnes said, “Yeah, that was the idea.”

This is excellent news, both for Barnes and other American students who want to express their political ideas without the fear of school interference. After all, since schools are funded and overseen by the federal government, they technically are bound to uphold the Constitution and not infringe on a student’s freedom of speech.

Let’s hope Barnes’ boldness and willingness to stand up for what he believes in rubs off on other students across America.

Source: The College Fix

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Putin Puffs Out His Chest: Crossing ‘Red Lines’ Will Prompt ‘Asymmetrical’ Response

Putin has been extremely antsy as of late.

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It appears that US President Joe Biden is really getting under the skin of Russian President Dictator Vladimir Putin. These leaders of the world two preeminent superpowers have been trading barbs for weeks now, and on a range of subjects.  The latest focus of their fury has to do with the Kremlin’s continued aggression against Ukraine, where Russian military forces are lining just over the border, with “invasion stripes” painted on their vehicles to prevent friendly fire. This is a tacit admission that there will be fire, and Biden isn’t going to stand for it. The US first sent warships in the direction of the Black Sea in an attempt to deter Putin from poking the bear.  The Russian government responded by blocking the entrance to the area and warning that America’s maneuvers were “adversarial”. Biden responded by sanctioning Russia over a major hacking attack that took place months ago. Now, just ahead of what is believed to be an inevitable Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putin is once again puffing out his chest. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual State of the Nation speech, warned on Wednesday against provoking his country, promising a swift retaliation against anyone who crossed “red lines.“ Moscow will respond “harshly,” “quickly” and “asymmetrically” to foreign provocations, Putin told an audience of Russia’s top officials and lawmakers, adding that he “hoped” no foreign actor would cross Russia’s “red lines,” according to a Reuters translation. Russia is also facing international condemnation for their treatment of journalist Alexei Navalny, who is believed to be at death’s door at a Russian prison hospital.  Joe Biden has said that Russia would “pay a price” if Navalny were to perish in custody of the government.

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DOJ Opens Investigation into Minneapolis Police Department

The investigation will feature the department’s civil rights division.

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On Tuesday, Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on the neck of Floyd for nearly 9 minutes as the restrained man slowly suffocated, in a moment that has haunted our nation for a year. Now that Chauvin is off to prison, and a likely, lengthy appeals process, the Department of Justice is now hoping to find out exactly what went wrong in Minneapolis, and whether or not there is some systemic issue with the police department itself. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday that the Justice Department will be conducting an investigation of law enforcement in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. The announcement comes one day after a Hennepin County jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second degree murder for killing Floyd. “Yesterday’s verdict in the state criminal trial does not address potentially systemic policing issues in Minneapolis,” Garland said during a press conference. Garland said the probe will be a “fully comprehensive review” that will look into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a “pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.” He specificed that this includes “using excessive force, including during protests,” as well as “discriminatory conduct and whether its treatment of those with behavioral health disabilities is unlawful.” The DOJ will utilize their civil rights division in the investigation, and the Attorney General said that the move could protect “good cops” from their not-so-pristine peers in the precinct. “I strongly believe that good officers do not want to work in systems that allow bad practices,” Garland said. “Good officers welcome accountability because accountability is an essential part of building trust with the community and public safety requires public trust.” Chauvin was moved to prison on Wednesday, and promptly…

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