[Ed. – But it would have been fine to wear a Che Guevara shirt, presumably.]
GRAND ISLAND, NY – The parents of a Grand Island High School sophomore confirm their son was recently made to serve a one day in-school suspension, resulting from his refusal to change clothes after a determination the shirt he was wearing violated the school’s dress code.
Wayne and Kim Kinney describe their son Shane, 16, as an avid outdoorsman and hunter.
Shane, like his parents, is also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The Kinneys say their son recently went to school wearing a tee shirt depicting his support of the NRA and the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.
“It’s the same shirt he’s worn before, but this time they said something about it,” Wayne Kinney told WGRZ-TV.
According to his parents, a teacher at the high school told Shane the shirt was inappropriate.
“They said it was the guns,” said Mr. Kinney, noting the NRA emblem over crossed rifles adorning the shirt.
While the school dress code mandates that attire not “disrupt or interfere with the educational process,” it does [not] state anything specifically against the promotion of political causes or the depiction of firearms.
And while there is a section which prohibits clothing which might “encourage …violent activities,” Shane’s mother, who is also in the NRA and works at the school, says the shirt does not fit that bill either.