Judge: Hillsboro school should allow student's pro-Border Wall T-Shirt for now

An attorney for Addison Barnes, 18, a senior at Liberty High School, says he wore a T-shirt reading, "Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Company ... The wall just got 10 feet taller," to school in January. (Photo courtesy Ben Becker).

A US District Court Judge granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday, allowing a Hillsboro student to wear his pro-Border Wall T-shirt to school -- for now at least.

Addison Barnes filed a lawsuit earlier this month, claiming officials at Liberty High School infringed on his constitutional rights by asking him to either leave class or cover up his T-shirt, which read: "Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co. - The Wall Just Got 10 Feet Taller."

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Barnes wore the T-shirt earlier this year in a People and Politics class at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. He was taken out of his classroom by the school's assistant principal, who told him his shirt offended at least one student and the teacher.

The boy was given a choice -- either cover the shirt, or leave the school. He briefly covered the shirt and went back to class, but then, believing his First Amendment rights were being violated, uncovered the shirt.

The school's assistant principal then sent a security guard to remove Barnes from class. His absence was counted as a suspension.

Ben Becker, an attorney for Barnes, also suggested there was a double standard at play.

He told KATU one of Barnes' teachers had hung a poster at the front of her classroom reading, "Sanctuary City, Welcome Home."

He filed a lawsuit last week against Liberty High School, the Hillsboro School District and Principal Greg Timmons.

The judge ruled the district's decision was inconsistent with the First Amendment, so he issued a temporary restraining order that essentially prevents the school from banning the shirt.

That order lasts for the next 30 days, or until a hearing on a more permanent restraining order is held.

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