Oregon teen to receive $25K, apology after he was suspended for wearing border wall T-shirt

Posted at 12:29 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 13:29:02-04

An Oregon teenager who was suspended from school for wearing a T-shirt in support of President Trump's border wall will receive $25,000 to pay for legal fees and a written apology from his school district.

According to the Oregonian, 18-year-old Addison Barnes was suspended from Liberty High School in Hillsboro for wearing a "Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co." T-shirt to school earlier this year. The T-shirt also included a quote from President Trump: "The wall just got 10 feet taller."  

Barnes sued the Hillsboro School District (including Liberty High School itself and the school's principal), claiming the suspension violated his First Amendment rights.


A federal judge ruled in Barnes' favor in May, issuing a restraining order against the school that would prevent it from taking disciplinary action against Barnes for wearing the shirt.

Barnes' attorney and the school district settled the case on Tuesday.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.