School Officials Make Student Change Out of NRA T-Shirt

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A few weeks ago, 16-year-old Haley Bullwinkle caused a kerfuffle when she showed up at Canyon High School in Orange County wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt. School officials made her change shirts or face disciplinary action, because the shirt violated the school’s dress code against depicted acts of violence.

This of course outraged the interwebs, because duh, freedom, and until they stop serving mystery meat in the cafeteria, you can’t ban an NRA shirt for showing a picture of a man holding a hunting rifle for being “too violent.”

"I felt like they were violating my rights, my freedom of speech," the sophomore told the Los Angeles Times. "I want to be able to wear what I want to wear within reason."

On Thursday, the school did the right thing, in this writer’s opinion, and decided to let Bullwinkle and her classmates to wear NRA shirts on campus. Wise decision guys, especially considering that that drill team twirls fake rifles and your mascot is a Comanche Indian Chief, which as Bullwinkle’s dad pointed out, could be considered to be offensive to some.

He told KTLA-TV:

“I think that if you consider the hunter, the image of the hunter to be offensive, certainly there are groups that would consider the Comanche Indian chief to be offensive”

The school district superintendent issued a statement that “Campus staff will be trained so that an incident like this does not occur again.”

If I were in charge of that training session, I’d call it Common Sense 101. Just saying.

Do teenagers in NRA T-shirts offend you?


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D.j. Lord

and some people refuse to let their speech go merrily into the night..its ironic the teenage girl stands up for her rights but the duck dynasty shirt boy slinked away

Brain... BrainyMommy

As nutty as they are in Orange Co., I'm surprised the school was dumb enough to object to this shirt. This objection is a clear violation of free speech. 

Daisy... DaisyJupes

I think it's pretty important to note that you don't have freedom of expression or free speech or freedom of the press or the right to bear arms or a bunch of other rights in public schools, so you can't claim they're trampling freedoms that parents relinquished for their children when they chose not to enroll them in private school. Arguing free speech is the wrong path to take. The father responded with the right arguement, the daughter did not.

Brain... BrainyMommy

Daisyjupes - The Supreme Court does not agree with you. While a student's rights are more limited, the school must have a valid reason for restricting those rights. Hard to see how this shirt could rise to that level. 

PinkB... PinkButterfly66

It's high school.  They have the right to set the dress code.  They have the right to tell her she can't wear the t-shirt.

lulou lulou

Its important to teach our kids that if they do something offensive, it is ok, as long as others do it also.

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