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LaRissa Waln holds her cap she decorated for her graduation at Valley Vista High School in May 2019. The school would not allow any decorations on their caps or gowns.
(Photo/Larissa Wahn family)

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A former Arizona high school student's First Amendment rights were plausibly violated when school district officials denied her request to wear an eagle feather over her graduation cap, according to a recent ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as the student plausibly alleged that school district officials did not uniformly apply their policy against adornments on graduation caps.

By David L. Hudson Jr., The Free Speech Center January 3, 2023