Texas Teen Suspended for Opposing Homosexuality

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A 14-year-old high school student in Fort Worth, Texas, was suspended from classes for three days for opposing homosexuality.

Dakota Ary's attorney and his mother want the school district to apologize for the suspension and allow him to return to class while they're investigating the incident.

Ary, a freshman at Western Hills High School, told a classmate he believed homosexuality was wrong. 

The teacher in his German class overheard the conversation and sent him to the principal's office.

Other students said the teacher has often brought up the topic of homosexuality in the classroom.

Ary was suspended -- despite his spotless record as an honor student. He's also a member of his high school football team and is active in his church youth group.

Ary's mother contacted the Liberty Counsel, who sent an attorney to help.

After a meeting with the school officials, the teenager's suspension was revoked and no mark will be made on his permanent record, Reuters reported.

Matthew Krause, Ary's attorney, said students have a right to express an opinion in school.

"Just because you walk through the schoolhouse doors does not mean you shed your First Amendment rights," Krause said in a statement.

"Dakota wasn't disrupting class. He wasn't bullying or harassing anybody," he said. "He was just stating his personal opinion on a topic somebody brought up and in a civil and respectful manner."

The school district issued a statement saying the investigation was continuing.
 

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