Even pictures of fantasy weapons are banned under some schools’ zero-tolerance policies. A seventh grader in Texas was told to cover up a T-shirt because it had a picture of a Star Wars stormtrooper with a laser gun on it.
“You’re talking about a Star Wars T-shirt, a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out,” the boy’s father, Joe Southern, told TV station ABC 13. “It has nothing to do with guns or making a stand. It’s just a Star Wars shirt.”
Administrators at George Junior High School in Texas told Southern’s son, Colton, to cover up a Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-shirt because it has a picture of a fictional character, an Imperial Stormtrooper, aiming an imaginary weapon on it. A spokesperson for the Lamar Consolidated District said the shirt violated a dress code than bans “symbols oriented towards violence.”
Southern was not told to get rid of the shirt. Instead, he was instructed simply to zip up his jacket to cover it up. Southern’s dad is perplexed because his son had worn the shirt to school several times prior to this, without incident.
“He’s a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park,” Joe Southern said of his son. “There’s not a violent bone in his body. He’s just an excited kid for the movie.”
School administrations could have suspended him but chose not to do so.
Parents had better be careful what their kids wear to school these days. Even clothing that’s been around for decades can violate some zero-tolerance policies.
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