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Calif School Settles Suit With Anti-Abortion Girl

FRESNO, Calif.  -- A Merced school district has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a former sixth-grade student who was asked to remove an anti-abortion T-shirt.

Attorneys for Tiffany Amador say officials at McSwain Union Elementary School called the shirt disruptive when she wore it in April 2008. It showed pictures of an apparent fetus and said "ABORTION: growing... growing... gone."

Los Angeles attorney William Becker says the resolution amounted to a victory for his then-12-year-old client and for free speech rights in schools.

But Anthony DeMaria, the school district's attorney, says the settlement helped avoid a costly trial. The district admitted no wrongdoing.

McSwain implemented a new dress code policy this school year that prohibits most graphic T-shirts.

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