A federal judge ruled this week that a Southwest Ohio student can wear his “Jesus Is Not a Homophobe” t-shirt to school whenever he wants. The judge also said the Wayne school district must pay 16-year old Maverick Couch and his mother Tonya Couch $20,000 in damanges and attorney costs.
As we reported earlier, Maverick Couch and his mother Tonya Couch filed suit against the Wayne school district claiming his school’s principal violated Maverick’s First Amendment rights by refusing to allow him to wear a “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” t-shirt. (Read the lawsuit.)
The school district said in a letter that Maverick could not wear the shirt because “the messagecommunicated by the student’s T-shirt was sexual in nature and therefore indecent and inappropriate in a school setting.” School district superintendent Patrick Dubbs told the Springfield News Sun he was “caught off-guard by the lawsuit.”
Judgement in Favor of Couch Family