Dakota Ary, high school freshman and honor student from Fort Worth, Texas, hit the headlines this week after he was suspended for three days from school as a consequence of making anti-homosexual comment in his German class.
The suspension has been brought down to one day with the help of a lawyer from Liberty Counsel, and the school district has also said that it will not be a made a permanent on Ary's record, reported Reuters.
Ary's lawyer, Matthew Krause, said that the suspension was not fair, as Ary was entitled to express his opinion on homosexuality in school.
Just because you walk through the schoolhouse doors does not mean you shed your 1st Amendment rights, Krause said in a statement. Dakota wasn't disrupting class. He wasn't bullying or harassing anybody. He was just stating his personal opinion on a topic somebody brought up and in a civil and respectful manner, according to Reuters report.
Ary's mother Holly Pope said that he was punished for something he had the right for. He was stating an opinion and he has a right to do that and they punished him for that, she said in a television interview.
What exactly happened?
Ary was in his German class, where a discussion on religion was going on in the teacher's presence.
In the middle of the discussion, one of the students asked what the Germans thought about homosexuality in context of religion, while another one wanted to know the German translation of the word lesbian.
That's when Ary turned to a friend and said, I'm a Christian and, to me, being homosexual is wrong, he told Fox News earlier this week.
It wasn't directed to anyone except my friend who was sitting behind me, he said. I guess [the teacher] heard me and started to yell about it, he added.
But then Ary's attorney and mother are now asking for an apology from the school and are demanding that the student be allowed to return to the class while school officials investigate the incident further.
They should have removed the teacher and not my son, Holly Pope told Reuters on Friday.
After a meeting with Krause and Pope, the school district finally agreed to shorten Ary's suspension and allowed him to play in a football game, the report said.