US Supreme Court won’t hear Latta student’s Confederate flag clothing case
by Tonya Brown
Posted: 10.23.2013

The US Supreme Court has denied a request to hear the case of Candice Hardwick, who was 15-years-old when she sued the Latta School District in 2006 after being suspended for wearing clothing bearing the Confederate flag, according to the Southern Legal Resource Center(SLRC).

The SLRC represented Hardwick, who was suspended twice for wearing the clothing to school.

"The school and the courts will not respect your children’s inalienable right to proclaim and be proud of their Southern Heritage, and in all areas of traditional culture it will only get worse!" said Chief Trial Counsel Kirk D. Lyons, SLRC.

A federal judge in South Carolina tossed the lawsuit in 2009.

In March, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it would not reinstate Hardwick’s lawsuit against the school district. The court said in its ruling that students should be able to express their views but that school officials need to keep order and promote education.

The SLRC then appealed to the US Supreme Court.

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