Marines T-shirt ban? Yep, that's exactly what has happened in one Illinois school classroom. The Marines T-shirt ban is not part of a dress code at the school in question, but one teacher apparently decided to act like it was. According to a report from Wednesday (Feb. 27), a 14-year-old student at Genoa-Kingston Middle School was told "to wear the shirt inside out or face possible suspension."
The shirt in question has the word "Marines" in big bold letters above two interlocking guns. The teacher seems to have found the shirt offensive and simply didn't want it in his classroom. Not only did it make the student's father very upset about the incident, it turns out that the shirt doesn't even violate school policy. The father feels that his son's support of the Marines should not have led a teacher to react this way.
The report went on to state that the school district released its own statement on the incident. In part, the statement reads, "The administration and school handbook agree that this shirt is not a violation of the dress code." It seems pretty clear that the teacher went outside the guidelines of the school district, but it raises the argument of whether a teacher should get to decide whether images of guns on shirts are allowed in their classroom.
While there really is no Marines T-shirt ban in place within this Illinois school district, the buzz on the internet certainly made it seem like that was what the district was supporting. The statement released from the district is in complete contradiction to what the teacher was enforcing, so this could be just the beginning of this news story. Now many people will be asking whether the teacher went too far or whether they should have the right to influence classroom dress codes in this manner.
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