Court Rules That Teacher Who Wore MAGA Hat To School Was Protected By First Amendment

A middle school teacher in Washington State came under fire a couple of years ago for wearing a MAGA hat to school.

An appeals court has decided in his favor, ruling that he was protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Do you think any of this would have even been a problem if the teacher had been wearing a Biden hat?

CBS News reports:

Teacher wearing MAGA hat to school was protected speech under First Amendment, appeals court rules

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a former teacher in Vancouver, Washington, concluding that his wearing a hat supporting former President Donald Trump to school was protected speech under the First Amendment.

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Court documents show that science teacher Eric Dodge brought the “Make America Great Again” baseball cap with him to an Evergreen Public Schools building twice before the 2019-2020 school year. The Columbian reported. The first occasion was to a staff-only cultural sensitivity and racial bias training.

Wy’east Middle School Principal Caroline Garret allegedly told him to use better judgment. Dodge said he was “verbally attacked” by Garret and other school employees after bringing the hat again, and that retaliation amounted to a violation of his First Amendment rights.

The appeals panel concluded in a Dec. 29 ruling that the district failed to show evidence of a “tangible disruption” to school operations necessary to outweigh the teacher’s First Amendment rights, the court ruled.

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“That some may not like the political message being conveyed is par for the course and cannot itself be a basis for finding disruption of a kind that outweighs the speaker’s First Amendment rights,” Judge Danielle J. Forrest wrote in the opinion.

This is great news.

The Constitution saved the day.

 

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