If you are a student at a public school, you have a right to wear a pro-life shirt to school. Our experience is that most young people who wear a pro-life shirt to school on National Pro-life T-shirt day do not have any problems.
Occasionally a misguided school official may ask you to remove the shirt. This is a violation of your rights.
Click here to download a letter from ALL's legal department, which outlines the free speech rights of students in public school. Make sure you have this with you whenever you wear pro-life shirts to school.
In recent years, some students have been harassed for wearing pro-life shirts to class. Some have received detention, some even suspension. In many cases, students don't know their rights-or where to turn for help.
To prepare for the unlikely event that you may be challenged, we suggest:
1) Print out a copy of ALL's legal department's letter -- your right to express yourself -- and show it to anyone who claims that your right does not exist.
2) Take detailed notes of any incident in which you are told you cannot express yourself. Pretend you're a reporter and jot down the answers to the six major questions: "Who?" "What?" "Where?" "When?" "Why?" and "How?".
3) Call us! We're here to help. Call the American Life League office at 1-888-546-2580 and ask for Jim Sedlak. If he's not there ask for Rob Gasper.
4) If you would rather not call, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your detailed notes in the message. We will get back to you as quickly as possible. If you really need help quickly, you should call.
5) If you're 17 or under, talk to your parents or legal guardian! They are important parts of your life and should be included in this. You will need their support before pursuing legal action.
What will happen next?
We will discuss your options regarding the local media. Your school administrators will be squeamish about news coverage of this. Journalists, however, strongly rely on freedom of speech, and will be eager to hear your story.
If you wish to remain anonymous, let us know when you call (1-888-546-2580) and be sure to make it clear if you speak to (or already have spoken to) any reporters.
We will help you to pursue legal action if you wish to do so. Making a stand will help prevent this kind of issue in the future.
In any case, we want to hear your story whether you have an incident or not. You can post it here and share it with the entire pro-life community. There are millions of us out there.
We may also feature your story in future American Life League publications, mailings, blogs, videos or podcasts! Why not participate?
Check out the videos that have been submitted regarding wearing the t-shirt! Click Here!