A Kettle Moraine School student, Robert Newhouse, is at the center of a lawsuit and a debate over the First Amendment rights after the school authorities banned him from wearing a t-shirt with a gun imprinted on it. The school had banned another teen from wearing a t-shirt bearing an imprint of a gun-rights group, Wisconsin Carry Inc.
Although the law does not allow him to buy firearms, Newhouse said he liked the t-shirt and he also likes hunting. “I got it because I like the shirt.” He said to WTMJ-TV. “They’re really fun. It’s great to use to go hunting. I like hunting.”
The school sent a letter to his mother indicating that he could no longer wear the t-shirt at the school anymore.
“We do not allow students to wear clothes that depict guns.” The letter read. “Moving forward, Robert cannot wear any items of clothing that depict guns.”
The decision to ban the teen from wearing the gun-imprinted t-shirt shocked his mother.
“Just to have a picture to be a supporter of our gun rights and be a supporter of just legal ownership of guns, it was very upsetting,” she said.
Wisconsin Carry Inc. CEO, Nik Clark, said that a dress code cannot prevail over the constitution and the First Amendment rights.
"If a school's going to sanction a walkout for gun control and to call for gun control, to call for universal background checks, to call for red flag laws, certainly they should at least allow students to wear a non-violent, non-threatening shirt as they go about their daily business," Clark said.
The student said he felt targeted for his political beliefs.
“I definitely feel like it isn't fair because I see other people expressing their other beliefs I may disagree with, but I'm not going after them because of that, and I feel like I'm getting targeted because of my political beliefs," Newhouse said.
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