Students disciplined for wearing "Free Turk" T-shirts
Court/Assoc.: U.S. District Court for the Middle District
Attorneys/Firms: Vic Walczak & Paula Knudsen (ACLU-PA); Spero T. Lappas (Serratelli, Schiffman, Brown, and Calhoon, P.C.)
In early February 2006, numerous Central Dauphin School District students were suspended or otherwise disciplined after displaying "Free Turk" signs and T-shirts. "Free Turk" is a political slogan used by students in the district to criticize the placement of another student in an alternative education program. The phrase was placed on book covers, folders, and even students' hands. In response, school district officials disciplined the students for displaying the political message, even though the students' quiet and dignified political speech did not substantially disrupt the educational process. The ACLU filed suit in March 2006.