Court: Students Can Be Barred From Displaying Flag

Texas – A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower decision to dismiss a case by current and former Burleson, Texas, students who sued after school officials banned them from carrying purses bearing the Confederate battle flag.

A federal judge dismissed the case in April 2008. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that decision in a ruling issued Friday.

Two teen girls took the purses to school in early 2006, according to the lawsuit that asked the school district to clear the girls' student record, acknowledge that their constitutional rights were violated and pay unspecified damages. Burleson school district officials tried to confiscate the purses and then sent the girls home when they refused to turn them over.

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