An Oregon school bus driver who says his First Amendment rights were violated when he was fired for refusing to take down a Confederate battle flag emblazoned with the word "redneck" from his pickup truck has won his first round in court. A federal magistrate upheld on Thursday
a lawsuit filed by Kenneth Webber against the school district.
Webber had driven K-12 students for six years as a bus driver for Oregonís Jackson County School District 4 but he got in hot water early last year when he ignored a supervisor's repeated order to remove the controversial symbol of the Confederacy while his truck was parked on school property.
He was eventually suspended
and fired for flying the birthday gift from his father. He later sued
, arguing that the district was violating his right to express even an offensive idea without facing censorship or punishment from the government.