An Oregon student who was suspended from school for wearing a t-shirt calling for the construction of a border wall will receive $25,000 and an apology letter as settlement from the school district.
According to The Oregonian, Barnes was told in January to go home or cover up his shirt that read, “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” The incident led to a suspension from school. Barnes filed suit against the high school in May.
The lawsuit stated a teacher and student were offended by the shirt and called security to escort Barnes out of the classroom. He was allowed to return to classes after covering up the shirt, but was later uncovered it and was suspended as a result.
A district judge granted a restraining order that prevented Liberty High School of Hillsboro, OR from preventing Addison Barnes from wearing the shirt for the remainder of the school year.
“I brought this case to stand up for myself and other students who might be afraid to express their right-of-center views,” Barnes said in a written statement. “Everyone knows that if a student wears an anti-Trump shirt to school, the teachers won’t think twice about it. But when I wore a pro-Trump shirt, I got suspended. That’s not right.”