RENO, NEVADA — An eighth grade student has filed a lawsuit against the Washoe County School District after that he had been penalized for wearing a pro-gun shirt which officials said violated the district’s dress code.
“This lawsuit challenges, in its core, the college district policy that we think is unconstitutionally overbroad and violates the First Amendment on its surface,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition.
In the suit, which was filed Tuesday morning, the student — identified as G.M. — said the college district was violating his First Amendment rights.
“This litigation challenges, in its core, the college district’s policy which we believe is unconstitutionally overbroad and violates the First Amendment on its face,” Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition said to the Reno Gazette Journal.
The pupil, who attends Depoali Middle School, is recognized in the litigation only by his initials, “G.M.,” but a media release from the Firearms Policy Coalition finds his mother as neighborhood police dispatcher Audrey Guardanapo along with his dad as former law enforcement officer and U.S. Marine veteran Shaun Guardanapo.
FOX News reports in the first episode, G.M. was sporting a top from a local gun shop, Spark Black Rifle, which represented the shop’s logo of a rifle and handgun silhouette, according to the report.
The next time, G.M. was disciplined for wearing a top supporting the Firearms Policy Coalition. On the other hand, the top itself did not incorporate some imagery of guns.
According to the litigation, a teacher told the student to pay the shirt. The student allegedly responded that he could express himself through how he dressed. G.M. claimed he then was warned of additional disciplinary action if he wore the clothing item.
“The shirt did not encourage or advocate illegal activity; it comprised no violent or offensive vision; nothing on it was disgusting, vulgar or profane … And yet (the pupil) was prevented from wearing his shirt predicated on college officials’ debate with the message that they think it conveyed,” the suit stated.
The lawsuit allegedly was filed by G.M. by his parents, identified in the suit as mother Audrey Guardanapo, a local police dispatcher, and dad Shaun Guardanapo, a former law enforcement officer and U.S. Marine veteran.
School District spokeswoman Megan Downs said school officials were reviewing the allegations but did not have any immediate comment.