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January 27, 2013
Student Can Be Required To Wear ID Badge
A.H. v. Northside Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 12-1113 (W.D. Tex. Jan. 8, 2013), is an interesting decision. There, a federal district court denied a student’s motion for a preliminary injunction barring a school district from transferring her from the specialty program she attends back to her base school because she refuses to wear the required ID badge while on campus. The court rejected her claims that being required to wear the badge violated her First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion and free speech, and her Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and equal protection. In addition, the court found that the ID badge requirement did not violate her rights under the Texas Religious Freedom Act.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein