Kindergartner's Tee Banned By School Because It Supports Wrong Sports Team

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Michigan T-ShirtCooper Barton, a kindergartner, wore his favorite University of Michigan shirt to his new school, Wilson Elementary in Oklahoma City. He was promptly told that the Michigan shirt violated the Oklahoma City Public Schools dress code and was asked to turn the shirt inside out for the remainder of the day. According to the dress code, students are only allowed to wear Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, or apparel from another Oklahoma state school. Everything else is a violation of the dress code and will not be tolerated.

Okay, so I am not a big fan of University of Michigan football either, mostly because we played them in the Big Ten and those bitches always seemed to beat us, but that’s no reason to go all psycho on a poor unsuspecting kindergartner.

Let me just say this now, teachers, if there is ever a problem with a kindergartner's choice of clothing, don’t humiliate the child. Send a note home to the parents for Pete’s sake. Do you think that child dressed himself? Do you think he had any choice in the matter? Do you think a 5-year-old can understand the politics of a dress code and do anything about it? No, so contact the parent. They are the ones responsible. Don’t make the kid the example of "what not to wear in kindergarten" in front of his peers. Why humiliate the kid?

Way to make little Cooper hate kindergarten on the first week. First he’s pushed out of the nest and forced to sever the apron strings from his mama and now you humiliate him over a t-shirt?

The school says the dress code was put into place in 2005 to help eliminate gangs and gang apparel from the school. I’m pretty sure that little Cooper Barton is in no danger of gang banging, so can we please use some common sense when doling out the punishments for outdated dress codes? By the way, I had no idea that Oklahoma City had such a rampant gang problem. If I were Cooper’s parents, I’d consider moving someplace safer like Detroit.

What do you think of the teacher making a kindergartner turn his shirt inside out?


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Elise48 Elise48

I think it's ridiculous. But, the principal has said that even he thinks it's a bit extreme and that the dress code needs to be re-evaluated. Also, I love that the UofM athletic director had a special shirt made for the kid that still says Michigan when it's turned inside out. Awesome. 


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nonmember avatar MO Mom

Absolutely ridiculous. At least the principal seems to think it's wrong. Hopefully they do reevaluate the dress code.

nonmember avatar Kelly

My son was in OKC schools for years. The parents were given a manual when they enrolled their child. They should have read it, that would have stopped the problem before it started. I blame the parents for not doing their job. Also being proactive about gang activity is a smart move on any schools part. Most people are very unaware of gang activity in their town unless it affects them directly.

nonmember avatar jessica

That is a silly dress code! Sounds to me they are just haters! idk of any gangs who use teams and not colors like blue and red! As if that would solve the true gang problems anyhow! its ignorant and teaching kids at an early age to discriminate! Very thankful my children do not attend that school! Poor kid. My son starts kinder on Monday and I would b appalled if someone treated him that way. totally disrespectful!

BiBi Frederick Waltslady

LMFAO on the OK and Detroit comparison... That was a good one... but Seriously if schools keep putting these ridiculous dress codes the kids will be going to school NAKED... Whatever happened to individuality??

Mommy... MommyUnmuted

I completely disagree with this, but needed to forward it to my husband because Michigan is his alma mater's biggest rival in the Big Ten.  He's probably the only one laughing at this.

nonmember avatar bg

This dress-code is completely discriminatory. If they really cared about eliminating gang apparel, then they would ban ALL sports apparel. By having an exception for the local teams they are discriminating against the fans of any other teams.

Monamou Monamou

My dds kinder has you send an extra outfit incase your kid has an accident. Either way its dumb.

Andrea Musser Young

This is just silly.  Yet another reason as long as I am able my children will remain homeschooled.

Betha... Bethany3020

Yea this is crazy!! What does a sports team have to do with gangs? And yea..i dont think kindergarteners typically join gangs. America's the land of the free thus we should be able to like any sports team we like! Maybe he's from Michigan. What an asshole school!!!

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