Connecticut Teen Wins The Right To Wear Anti-Gay Shirt To School

Seth Groody won a battle to wear an anti-gay T-shirt to school on his high school’s “Day of Silence”. The school supported his right to free speech, and now he’s selling T-shirts to his classmates.

1. Seth Groody argued that it was well-within his rights to wear an anti-gay T-shirt on his school’s “Day Of Silence” last April.

2. He wore this shirt to protest the “The Day Of Silence,” a day dedicated to raise awareness of the bullying of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students.

3. At first school administrators stepped in and asked Groody to change his shirt, threatening to suspend him.

4. After the ACLU contacted the school and threatened to sue Wolcott High School for infringing Groody’s freedom of speech, the school decided to allow Groody to wear the shirt.

(Pictured above Superintendent Joseph Macary)

5. From the Hartford Courant:

“The ACLU contacted the school in June 2012, saying that Groody’s rights under both the U.S. Constitution and the state Constitution were violated by the school’s action. By not allowing Groody to wear his T-shirt, the school was causing “ongoing irreparable harm,” the complaint alleged.”

6. Groody is now selling anti-gay T-shirts to other students in his school, telling local reporters that he’s already sold 12 of his new line.

7. Seth Groody’s father, pictured below, told NBC Connecticut that he supports his son’s use of free speech. Seth told reporters that he plans to wear one for this year’s “Day Of Silence” as well.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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