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US teens sue school over anti-gay T-shirt
03/22/2007
Two suburban Chicago students filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming their high school violated one of the students' civil rights by not letting her wear an anti-gay T-shirt last year. Heidi Zamecnik, 17, and Alexander Nuxoll, 14, of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois, filed the lawsuit Wednesday seeking court permission to openly express their opinions on homosexuality on National Day of Silence, scheduled for April 18. On Day of Silence, students can refrain from speaking as an effort to protest discrimination against homosexuals. In response to a Day of Silence event at the school in April 2006, Zamecnik wore a shirt that read "MY DAY OF SILENCE, STRAIGHT ALLIANCE" on the front and "BE HAPPY, NOT GAY" on the back, according to the suit filed Wednesday.
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