An Alabama school superintendent accused Chloe Rubiano and her mother of seeking media attention after the eighth grader’s middle school banned her “Virginity Rocks” T-shirt.
“Just the attention this incident has been given has certainly given the student and her mother the attention they sought,” Fayetteville School District Superintendent Paul Hewitt reportedly told CNN. ”This is not a major free speech issue.”
On September 11, Rubiano wore her “Virginity Rocks” T-shirt to Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville, Ala. She was called into the principal’s office and told to take it off and wear a gym shirt for the rest of the day.
“My vice principal told me ‘I love the shirt and I agree with it, but I just don’t think it’s acceptable for school’,” 13-year-old Rubiano told local news station KSFM. “That ‘it opens up too many doors for conversation’.”
Bambi Crozier, Rubiano’s mother, says she was not informed when her daughter was asked to change clothes, contrary to the school’s official policy.
She added that she has never spoken to Hewitt, and denied his accusation that she and her daughter sought out the media spotlight.