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Mother says school violated her daughter's free speech

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a Middle Tennessee high school student says her daughter's free speech was violated when she was prohibited from wearing a "Free The Jena Six" T-shirt to school.

Norma Super says her daughter, Dani, and some other students were not allowed to wear the T-shirts inside Smyrna High School last week.

She says school officials told her the shirt could cause problems.

The message on the shirts was in support of six African-American students charged in the beating of a white peer at Jena High School in Louisiana.

The case has gained national attention, largely because of its racial overtones.

Rutherford County schools spokesman James Evans says the Smyrna High administration treated the T-shirt as a dress code violation because it could have caused disruptions.

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