View Full Version : Teen Sues Over Confederate Flag Dress

12-22-2004, 01:13 PM
Can't a girl get some love? (I think she should have been allowed to wear it)

Posted on Wed, Dec. 22, 2004

Teen Sues Over Confederate Flag Dress

Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A teenager is suing her school district for barring her from the prom last spring because she was wearing a dress styled as a large Confederate battle flag.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court claims the Greenup County district and administrators violated Jacqueline Duty's First Amendment right to free speech and her right to celebrate her heritage at predominantly white Russell High School's prom May 1. She also is suing for defamation, false imprisonment and assault.

"Her only dance for her senior prom was on the sidewalk to a song playing on the radio," said her lawyer, Earl-Ray Neal.

Duty, 19, is seeking actual and punitive damages in excess of $50,000.

She said she worked on the design for the dress for four years, though she acknowledged that some might find the Confederate flag offensive.

"Everyone has their own opinion. But that's not mine," she told reporters outside the courthouse. "I'm proud of where I came from and my background."

Duty, now a college student, said school officials told her before the prom not to wear the dress, but she didn't have another one and decided to see if administrators would change their minds.

According to her lawsuit, she was met outside by two police officers and principal Sean Howard. She said the principal intimidated her by striking the vehicle she was in.

School offices were closed Wednesday. Superintendent Ronnie Back did not immediately respond to a call to his home seeking comment.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans has promised to help pay some of her legal expenses.

12-22-2004, 02:19 PM


12-22-2004, 02:27 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote SPetty:</font><hr> http://worldnetdaily.com/images2/jduty.jpg

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42046 <hr /></blockquote>

That's it??!! You've got to be kidding me!! If you hadn't told me it was based off the Confederate Flag, I would have never guessed!


12-22-2004, 02:32 PM
Same here...I think it's kind of cute.

12-22-2004, 03:06 PM
Ugh. I would have banned it too. I had something more like this in mind..


Lol, seriously, I think people need to get over this PC nonsense. The civil war was 150 years ago..jeez. I kind of like the rebel flag stuff, Dukes of Hazzard and all that...

-CM~~~reminds me of the tv networks banning flag lapel pins for their on-air anchors... /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

12-22-2004, 03:16 PM
I agree with you!lol I wouldn't have thought it was based on the flag either.

DG - Oh well... what do we dumb yankees know

12-22-2004, 06:15 PM
I think people need to get over this PC nonsense. <hr /></blockquote>

My grandmother hand made this blouse for my mother to wear to school in 1938. She got nothing but compliments.

Of course, the concept of 'PC' hadn't been invented yet.



12-22-2004, 09:23 PM
Is the ACLU stepping up to help pay the legal fees? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif


12-23-2004, 07:16 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote eg8r:</font><hr> Is the ACLU stepping up to help pay the legal fees? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r <hr /></blockquote>

<font color="blue"> Probably, to defend the school!!! </font color>