October 30, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit filed by the parents of two Washoe County school children over a mandatory uniform policy.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday said the slogan "Tomorrow's Leaders" required on the uniform shirts at Roy Gomm Elementary School amounts to compelled speech and implicated First Amendment Protections.
The ruling overturns a previous decision by U.S. District Judge Robert Jones, who dismissed the case filed by Mary and Jon Frudden. The case now goes back to District Court for further proceedings.
The Fruddens also have a similar case pending before the Nevada Supreme Court.
They say their children were threatened with suspension for not wearing the uniforms that were adopted and required in 2011.