Student barred from wearing ‘Support the Troops’ shirt: Wait’ll you hear where

Student barred from wearing ‘Support the Troops’ shirt: Wait’ll you hear where

Support Our TroopsIt’s a bad time to be wearing T-shirts in public. The garments just seem to cause so much trouble. Several T-shirt stories have registered blips on today’s news radar.

We start with a narrative out of Kentucky, where on Tuesday a 12-year-old was sent home from Mahaffey Middle School for violating the dress code.

The objectionable shirt worn by Cejai Taylor bore the slogan “Support Our Troops.” If you’re wondering what’s wrong with that, you’ll wonder that much more when you hear where Mahaffey Middle School is located: on the army base at Fort Campbell.

Fox News Insider reports that Taylor is the daughter of a U.S. soldier deployed overseas. She wore the shirt to honor her father, Sgt. James Taylor, and other service members.

Administrators insist the problem with the shirt is that it lacked a collar.

Connecticut and Guns Don’t Mix

A student attending high school in coastal Connecticut was ordered to remove his shirt on Monday. The reason was not that the administrators at Guilford High are a bunch of perverts (that it might turn out that that is the case as well) but rather that the T-shirt sports a picture of a rifle and the caption, “Plead the Second.”

Gun T ShirtCBS News writes:

Eighteen-year-old Matt Zingarella told WTNH-TV that he was exercising his free speech rights by wearing the shirt to Guilford High School on Monday, but was immediately asked to remove it.

Guilford is about 40 miles from Newtown, where the Sandy Hook shootings occurred.

Zingarella says he has studied the school dress code and claims that it doesn’t appear that the shirt is banned. Administrators argue that the shirt can disrupt the educational process.

Waiting for Mr. Right

Finally, The Smoking Gun reports that a man wearing a novelty T-shirt with sexually explicit content was arrested Saturday after refusing a directive from Spartanburg, S.C., police to vacate a public park,

Michael MillerThe shirt worn by 50-year-old Michael Miller at Barnet Park was inscribed with the advice, “I May Not Be Mr. Right But I’ll F**k You ‘Til He Shows Up.” TSG writes:

When cops approached Miller and told him that he was not allowed to wear the shirt in [a public setting], he reportedly became irate and ‘said he would wear the shirt any fucking where he wanted to.’

Perhaps timing was an issue as well. Miller was in the park on the one day of the year when it hosts a concert devoted to raising awareness of sexual violence against women.

After refusing to leave and flipping the bird at cops to boot, Miller was busted for disorderly conduct. He was released Saturday evening after posting a $262 bond.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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