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School Allows Anti-Swastika Symbol

March 31, 1998

DALLASTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ Five high school students suspended for wearing an anti-swastika symbol have returned to class after a federal judge ruled in their favor.

School officials say they won’t challenge Friday’s court order allowing the youngsters to wear their pins, patches and drawings with a symbol showing a swastika with a red line through it. The pins also say ``Fight Racism.″

The case arose when several Dallastown Area High School students designed the logos to send an anti-racism message.

School administrators in this community about 80 miles west of Philadelphia asked students to stop wearing the symbol, saying some people might not understand the message. The district then suspended five students caught wearing the emblem.

The students were aided by an American Civil Liberties lawyer, who said their right to wear the symbol was protected by the First Amendment.

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