Schools limit student expression at graduation ceremonies

A federal judge rejected a student’s bid to wear a Mexican and American flag sash at her graduation. The judge ruled the sash would constitute school-sponsored speech rather than the student’s private speech and therefore subject to regulation. The judge refused to issue a restraining order on the school district, but the final ruling is pending. (The Associated Press, May 26, 2023, by Jesse Bedayn)

A Native American is suing her school district for preventing her from wearing an eagle plume on her graduation cap. The district said there was a process for applying to wear something other than the traditional attire, but the student Lena’ Black said she did not know about the process and asked a teacher for permission. (CNN, May 26, 2023, by Nicole Chavez)