Thursday, March 13, 2014

Student Suspended For Wearing Pro-America T-Shirt

Shane Kinney had worn the pro-America t-shirt before and the message on the shirt was not in violation of school policy but...

(Western Journalism) Less than two weeks ago, an American appellate court ruled students could be prohibited from wearing clothes bearing an image of the nation’s flag. Apparently, the mere sight of the Stars and Stripes can cause fellow students to fly into a fit of violent rage.

That unconscionable story was only compounded by the decision of administrators at one New York school recently. Grand Island High School sophomore Shane Kinney wore a T-shirt to school with a message supportive of the Second Amendment.

Although he had worn the shirt previously, and its message in no way violated the school’s dress code, a teacher told him to turn it inside out, calling the graphic “inappropriate.”

Kinney respectfully refused the command, prompting administrators to promptly suspend him. While there was never any evidence the shirt should have been banned, the principle defended the suspension by referencing a rule related to prohibited clothing.

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