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.
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