Most of you who have read my posts before realize that I don’t usually add a LOT of comment. I prefer to just present the stories and let you make up your own mind…This one’s a little different…I will add some of my own thoughts…
An eighth grader in Oregon wanted to honor his older brother, a Marine who had successfully served in Iraq and safely returned home. His tribute took the form of wearing a t-shirt… For some reason, the principal decided that this t-shirt wan “inappropriate” and demanded that he take it off…When the student refused, he was sent home.
Here’s the e-mail I sent to the school district supervisor:
|from:||Don Avant <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|date:||Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM|
I would like to make a couple of points..
|Oct 12 (7 days ago)||Reply|
I recently received your email expressing your concerns, and wanted to share some background.
As you may know, recently a middle school student in the Gresham-Barlow School District wore a t-shirt to school that had a rifle on it. Some news reports state the student was suspended. This was not the case. The administration did talk with the student about the appropriateness of the image on his shirt. The parent of the student agreed to allow the student to go home after the student refused other options such as changing into a different t-shirt.
We are aware the rifle on the student’s t-shirt featured a Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, which is a symbol used to show respect for fallen troops. The message of the t-shirt, showing support for our country’s military, and their many sacrifices, is a positive one that we fully support. What called into question the appropriateness of the t-shirt in a middle school setting was the rifle included in the image.
While the district’s dress code does not allow clothing with images of weapons, in light of this situation, we will take a closer look at our policy. This is an opportunity to engage the community in a conversation about school safety and the age appropriate ways to express support for our military veterans in a school setting.
The Gresham-Barlow School District greatly appreciates the service provided to our country by the members of the United States military and the many sacrifices made by veterans and their families to defend our country.
My e-mail back:
Oct 13 (6 days ago)
Just wanted to remind you while taking a closer look at your policy that the student in question has already had his Right to Free Speech infringed upon and continuing that infringement is unconstitutional…
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Personally I think it’s time to bring in a couple of terriers to clean out this rat’s nest…what do you think?
Somebody call the FBI dammit!!!
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