So this Gun Freak named Nightmare sends his nine-year-old son to school wearing this T-Shirt. School makes the kid turn it inside out for the rest of the day. Gun-Freak Dad spends 6 straight days blogging about it.
What is this extreme obsession with guns? I weep for the poor little kid. He’s not even old enough to use a gun and his Dad is using him to promote guns and scaring a lot of other little kids in the process.
Link: I was informed that he was removed from the classroom and taken to a Counsellor who convinced him to remove the shirt and turn it inside out. That spurs questions in my “investigative mind”…
He was then returned to the classroom. He was made to wear his clothing in an inappropriate manner in front of the other students.
Nevermind that his education was disrupted and he was singled out by the teacher.
Nevermind that the t-shirt contained no obscenities, doesn’t suggest or promote anti-social behavior, doesn’t advertise alcohol, tobbaco or the occult, violence, vulgarity, profanity or sexual references.
Nevermind that the school has a home contact and other emergency contact numbers for reaching us.
Nevermind that they didn’t call to bring the matter up.
I think the guy actually typed out the school’s handbook including dress code which forbids clothing that:
“advertises any product or service not permitted to minors by law.
…suggests or promotes anti-social behavior, violence,…”
Is an NRA t-shirt with 4 hand guns designed to shoot at people on it promoting violence? I would be hard to imagine a more violent t-shirt. I suppose depicting and actual murder might be worse.
Does an NRA t-shirt with 4 hand guns designed to shoot at people promote anti-social behavior? Next time you are in a nice social situation like school, church or family picnic, try pulling out a hand gun then take a poll.
Is it speech protected by the First Amendment? Yes, except in responsible schools with thoughtful policies designed to protect innocent children from the vagaries of their parents.