Teen wins school dress code fight over 'lesbian' t-shirt
MANTECA (KTXL) -- The Manteca Unified School District settled a case with 16-year-old Taylor Victor, a junior at Sierra High School, allowing her to wear a T-shirt that reads, "Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian."
"I felt really happy, really relieved, that the fight was finally over," Taylor said with a smile.
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It was a T-shirt she wasn't allowed to wear last year, when staff said she violated the school's dress code.
"They told me that I couldn't display my sexuality on a T-shirt," she said.
Six months later, a ruling that will forever change that policy, now enables students to feel free to be who they are.
"The school board changed their dress code policy, to affirm that students have the right to express their own identifies and to express support for other students identities as well," ACLU Attorney Leenea Nelson said.
Last August, following the T-shirt ban, Taylor along with her mother, Heather Victor, filed a lawsuit claiming the school violated her freedom of speech.
In a prepared statement today, the school district said in part that:
"They voted to amend and approve the policy. Students continue to be supported in their right for self expression in all of our high schools. Our number one priority continues to be the ability to keep our kids safe physically and emotionally."
But even before putting the T-shirt on last year, Taylor says she had done her homework on the school's policy and found no rules prohibiting pro-gay messages.
"I was very confused. I didn't say anything. just listened to them. they said change your shirt or go home. I wasn't gong to be allowed to be censored. So I opted to go home instead," she said.
Taylor says this is a victory for future generations.
"I just want other students to know this doesn't only benefit me, but it also benefits them," Taylor added.
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