A Massachusetts high school has set off a national free speech debate after a student was reprimanded for wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed, 'All the Cool Girls Are Lesbians.'

The student, who hasn't been publicly identified, complained in a letter to the chairwoman of the Lynn, Mass School Committee  and mayor of the town that in January, she was asked by a vice principal to cover up the T-shirt and never wear it again.

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The vice principal agreed with the teacher that the shirt was inappropriate 'because it's political and offensive to some people'.

The school's dress code prohibits clothing that depicts weapons, drugs or alcohol, or anything considered disruptive. However, it doesn't specify gender issues. The school has a Gay/Straight Alliance demonstrating its tolerance for such expression.

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