Freedom of expression has its limits...at least according to one Ohio school district who banned a gay student from wearing a t-shirt that says "Jesus is not a Homophobe".
And now they face a lawsuit filed against them for banning the shirt.
The mother of 16-year-old Maverick Couch filed the federal lawsuit on his behalf against Wayne Local School District and the principal of Waynesville High School, northeast of Cincinnati.
Couch is a junior at the public school. His lawsuit says he’s been threatened with suspension if he wears a shirt bearing the message “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe.” The t-shirt, as MSNBC notes, is “emblazoned with a colorful logo of a fish traditionally used as a Christian symbol, as well as the slogan in large bold text.”
Couch told the Cincinnati Enquirer, that the shirt is designed to show support for the "Day of Silence," on April 20, a national event that puts a spotlight on how bullying keeps gay and lesbian students from speaking out.
He says school officials said the shirt was “indecent and sexual in nature.”
Christopher Clark, Couch’s attorney, said the family for months tried to settle the dispute but school officials would not change their minds.
"I do think what the school is doing is bullying," Clark told the Enquirer. "They’re trying to shame him into not wearing this shirt.”
Wayne Local Schools Superintendent Patrick Dubbs told msnbc.com that the district has not yet reviewed the contents of the federal lawsuit and thus cannot comment at this time.