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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 28, 2018

The Tennessee Attorney General is now defending a state representative accused of violating students’ free speech rights when they were told to wear shirts advertising his re-election campaign on a field trip to the state Capitol, The Nashville Post reports. An anonymous student sued Waynesboro Republican Rep. David Byrd in November, alleging that Wayne County school officials told students to wear Byrd campaign shirts on the October trip to Nashville. Earlier this month, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Janssen filed notice with the court that he would be representing Byrd in the case, and this week he asked for permission to file a response to the allegations by the end of January.