Holmes County Schools to Pay ACLU $325000

A federal judge has ordered a small, rural Panhandle school to pay the American Civil Liberties Union some $325,000 in legal fees.

This follows Ponce De Leon student Heather Gilman's successful civil rights suit in May.

Judge Richard Smoak said the school violated Heather's constitutional right of free speech after a ban on clothing and stickers featuring rainbows.

The rainbow is often used to promote gay rights.

Many civil rights laws have provisions that entitle successful plaintiffs to recover attorneys' fees.

There is no word on whether the Holmes County School District will appeal the judge's decision on payment to the A.C.L.U.

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