Patriotic Student Wears Marines T-Shirt to School & Almost Gets Suspended (VIDEO)

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marines t-shirtThe issue of a kid wearing a questionable T-shirt to school has been one teachers and parents have been grappling with for years. But a recent case has people feeling particularly emotional -- and maybe even a bit torn. FOX News (of course) is reporting that a father named Daniel McIntyre says his son was told by teacher Karen Deverell during reading class at his middle school on Monday that his shirt violated the dress code, because it shows two interlocking guns. He was then asked to wear the tee inside out or face possible suspension. The clincher: It was a Marines T-shirt.

McIntyre explained to FOX, "My son is very proud of the Marines and, in fact, of all the services. So he wears it with pride. There are two rifles crossed underneath the word ‘Marines’ on the shirt, but to me that should be overlooked. It’s more about the Marines instead of the rifles.” I've gotta say ... I agree with him.

In the wake of a tragedy like Sandy Hook, a kid walking around school with interlocking guns blazed on his clothing probably isn't the most tasteful fashion statement. That said, should the teacher really have made an issue of it? I don't think so. It's a slippery slope from banning something like that. We can't start micromanaging every single image that's potentially offensive or insensitive given a current event.

What's more, as the boy's father pointed out, context matters. This wasn't a T-shirt sporting guns for guns' sake. This wasn't the kind of T-shirt that promotes "violent behavior." If it promotes anything, it's supporting and perhaps even joining up with the Marines. And whether we like it or not, weapons are an integral part of our military.

In the end, it sounds like the school realized this wasn't a battle they should be fighting. As noted by a statement from the school:

The administration and school handbook agree that this shirt is not a violation of the dress code. We also take school safety very earnestly and it needs to be recognized that is a topic that we also take very seriously and support our students and staff in providing a safe environment to learn, teach, and work in on a daily basis.

Fair enough. And those are two goals that are going to have to be delicately balanced as we go forward -- because we shouldn't be doing anything that compromises either self-expression or safety in schools.

How do you feel about this boy's Marines T-shirt being worn in school?


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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Doesn't promote violent behavior? You might argue that the violence is justifiable but being a marine certainly involves violence.

If the policy says no guns on shirts then that means no guns on shirts. You argue that banning it is a slippery slope but I contend that allowing it against school rules is a slippery slope. Once you tell kids there are excuses for ignoring the rules they will keep making them.

ASouza77 ASouza77

I don' want to be the evil one here but..... his shirt has two weapons on it. I'm sure the school isn't banning him from wearing the shirt because it says "marines" on it. I'm pretty sure it's due to the guns. Most schools that I know don't allow pictures of weapons on shirts.

Flori... Floridamom96

The school didn't ban anything. The shirt did not violate any school rules. One particular teacher made a mistake. That is all.

2many... 2manydiapers

Two big guns...

So if I wear a my lil pony shirt were they're mating its ok because its my lil pony

Sweet... SweetMelancholy

My husband has 2 crossed guns tattooed on his back to honor his time in the army. You'd be surprised how many people were shocked by it. It's a pretty common military symbol. Of course he's not walking around showing them off in a school. I get why it might be a problem there but I'm still shocked by how people in general seem to think it's offensive. I love it and I'm glad he's proud of his time in the military.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Schools need to stop getting all verclempt over "guns". A picture of a gun, whether worn on a t-shirt or drawn by a student, is not going to kill anyone. This whole idea of "don't speak of it, pretend it doesn't exist, and punish anyone who even THINKS of thinking about it" is a disaster.

That kind of mindset has led to the oh-so-successful Zero Tolerance nonsense. Kindergartners are being suspended for having a gun that shoots bubbles, for heaven's sake!

Here's an idea: let's go back to the mindset that was around 50 or so years ago, where people knew how to handle guns, and they respected their power. There are still schools in existence today that have shooting teams, believe it or not. OMG!!! Guns in School!! And none of those guns, none of the gun trophies, none of those kids go on rampages and kill people.

This crap of villanizing an object and ignoring the actual problem has GOT to stop.

tuffy... tuffymama

If it doesn't violate policy, then he should be able to wear it.

A Rose Facuiri-Klinge

I was 3 yrs old when I witnessed first hand my bio mother having half her face shot off.  If anyone has a right to speak on this issue, I do believe it is me.  I know first hand the damage that guns, bullets, and ignorant people can and DO inflict on our society.  Having said that,  OMFG people it is a picture on a freaking T-shirt.  Not a t-shirt that shows drugs, or sexual violence.  It is a t-shirt promoting the armed services.  Grow the hell up and find something fullfilling to do, instead of showing the world what you look like with your head up your as...........!

Flori... Floridamom96

PonyChaser, once again I bow to your superior ability to adequately point out the absurdity of a situation.

Flori... Floridamom96

Rose, I wish there were words to express my sympathy, I'm so very sorry.

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