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School apologizes to lesbian teen for T-shirt ban

Boy these people think too hard. How on earth is the symbol of female union salacious or sexually suggestive? Oh that's right, it's Virginia, where the DMV tried to challenge custom license plates "Poofter" and "GayVet" as obscenities.

Bethany Laccone, 17, said she was asked to cloak a logo of two interlocked female symbols while attending a hotel management class this month at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth. She's a senior at nearby Woodrow Wilson High School, where she has not faced a similar ultimatum.  In a letter sent Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia asked Norcom administrators to remove any mention of the incident from Laccone's records and agree not to similarly censor other students.  ACLU leaders want administrators to clarify that students can express political views. The school's dress code prohibits "bawdy, salacious or sexually suggestive messages."  

…On Friday, Norcom Principal Lynn Briley said the school would comply.  "Yes, we did make a mistake," Briley told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper of Norfolk.  Briley agreed that Laccone had been censored, but said no note had been placed in her file. She said she would apologize to Laccone and try to meet the group's other demands.

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