Anderson County Confederate Flag Battle Suffers Loss

Knoxville (WVLT) - A student suing the Anderson County School District over their ban of the Confederate Flag has lost a battle in federal court.

US District Judge Thomas Varlan denied a preliminary injunction filed by attorneys for Tom Defoe.

Defoe, an Anderson County High School student, was suspended from school on October 30th for refusing to remove a shirt he was wearing depicting the Confederate Flag.

Defoe sought the preliminary injunction against the Anderson County School District to allow him to wear attire that expressed his political views, as his lawsuit continues in federal court.

Defoe's attorneys say they will appeal to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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  • by Aubrey Gravat Location: Palmer, TN on Aug 13, 2008 at 07:07 PM
    I think he should win. This is a southern state and should be proud of being southern, and saying that its racist is bull..I'm proud of him, a similar thing happened to me but i didn't take it to court..
  • by Dave Location: Illinois on May 20, 2007 at 10:43 PM
    As I read this story, the WVLT News Poll asks if a pair of murderers should face the death penalty. US District Judge Thomas Varlan should be hung by the neck until dead for this unconscionable ruling. The Battle Flag is part os Southern and of all American culture. Free speech and expression are gasping their last breaths in the "land of the free" (what a joke) and this pompous, self important overpaid as* judge deals another blow to freedom. String him up!
  • by namuni hale young Location: knoxville, tennessee on May 18, 2007 at 08:00 PM
    It is apparent that the rights of some people do not count, only the rights of a select few. This is America, fairness and justice should be shown to all! This young man did nothing wrong! He is an American citizen and is entitled to "free speech" by the Constution even though he is Caucasian. It is well past time the judges look at our laws and not the race of citizens. The judge was wrong! Peace and justice can never be accomplished by being politically correct. It is high time our courts read the law! Thank you!
  • by namuni Location: knoxville, tennessee on May 17, 2007 at 08:25 PM
    The rights of every citizen of our country should be defended, regardless of those who claim offense at some symbols. Everyone is offended by something, but most of us to not complain nor file suites.I feel the judge was terribly wrong to allow rights to some and no rights to others. Have we ceased to be a free country and ceased to have free speech? It certainly seems so.
  • by Bob Location: kodak on May 16, 2007 at 08:00 PM
    isn't it time for once we had equal rights, not the lop-sided rights they are pushing at us.My opinion the flag is not a racial issue and i'm a YANKEE.


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