Lawsuit Over Cartoon Socks Costly For School District

A Northern California school district's attempt to stop a child from wearing socks with a picture of a cartoon tiger to class is turning out to be costly.

The Napa Valley Unified School District will have to pay at least $95,000 in lawyers' fees under a settlement with five families who sued the school over its dress code. The deal was announced Thursday.

The parents went to court after a student was disciplined for wearing socks with the cartoon character Tigger on the first day of school last year.

The district's superintendent says settlement money is for the plaintiffs' lawyers - the district is also on the hook to pay the lawyers it hired.

The settlement also says Redwood Middle School may no longer require students to wear only solid-color clothing.
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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

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