Answered on Sep 22nd, 2011 at 7:48 PM
As you no doubt are aware, the First Amendment protects freedom of expression. However, constitutional rights are always subject to a balancing test. For example, you have the right to free speech but not the right to incite a riot. You have the right to freedom of movement for travel but we still have traffic laws.Most schools have dress policies. If the school you attend is private, you may have less rights than a public school student because you choose to attend the private school and they have certain rules in exchange.In public and private schools, dress codes have been litigated on occasion. A student breaks the dress code by making a statement. He gets disciplined or suspended, he has a right to a hearing, and the First Amendment may get brought up in the hearing. Student may lose the hearing, and then it is a matter of student suing the school district in court. So of course you have a right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment but if you break the school dress code, there may be consequences.