SC school's policy to nix Confederate duds upheld

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal appellate court has upheld a South Carolina school district's decision to bar a student from wearing shirts with the Confederate battle flag on campus.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that it would not reinstate Candice Hardwick's lawsuit against the Latta School District. The court said in its ruling that students should be able to express their views, but also that school officials need to keep order and promote education.

Hardwick sued in 2006, arguing that public school officials in Latta violated her free-speech rights by making her cover up or turn Confederate-themed shirts inside out. A federal judge in South Carolina tossed that lawsuit in 2009.

An attorney for Hardwick did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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