RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A Nevada student is suing the school district after he was asked to cover up his pro-gun T-shirts due to a dress code violation.
The lawsuit was filed on April 24 in the U.S. District Court in Reno. The current district dress code prohibits any depictions of "anything that promotes a weapon." The federal lawsuit alleges the student's First Amendment rights were violated.
The student has been identified as an eight-grader that attends Depoali Middle School. His name has not been released.
A press release from the Firearms Policy Coalition cites his mom as a local police dispatcher and his father as a former law enforcement officer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
The lawsuit states that the student has been punished twice for wearing pro-gun clothing to school.
According to the lawsuit, the eighth-grader was first disciplined in November for wearing a shirt from a local gun store. The shirt had the logo of Sparks Black Rifle using silhouettes of a handgun and a rifle.
He was again punished in March for wearing a different shirt that promoted the Firearms Policy Coalition with the words "Don't Tread on Me," according to the suit. The shirt did not picture any firearms.
"I thought it was abhorrent."
"We send our children to school in order to receive an education, not an indoctrination," said Craig DeLuz, spokesman for the Firearms Policy Coalition.
The lawsuit includes that the student's teacher told him to cover the shirt. The student responded by telling the teacher he could express himself through how he dressed. The teacher proceeded to tell the eighth-grader that he did not have Second Amendment rights until he was eighteen.
The teacher threatened the student with further disciplinary actions if he chose to wear the clothing again.
The Washoe County School District released the following statement on Tuesday, April 24 after being served:
The District was served the lawsuit this morning without warning. We are looking into the allegations at this time. As a result, we cannot provide any further information.