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Oct 4, 2013 1:51 AM by Associated Press

CA school apologizes for removal of NRA shirt

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Officials at an Orange County high school have apologized to a 16-year-old student who was forced to take off a National Rifle Association shirt or face disciplinary action.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1a4o7AF) staff at Canyon High School in Anaheim changed course Thursday after demanding that Haley Bullwinkle put on a different shirt after she recently wore the NRA shirt to school.

The shirt had an American flag and a silhouette of a hunter with a rifle. The school's dress code prohibits clothing that promotes or depicts violence, criminal activity and anything that is degrading to ethnic values.

Bullwinkle complied and took off the shirt but she felt her First Amendment rights were being violated.

School officials determined the shirt's images didn't promote violence after a review.

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