Outrageous? High School Student Suspended for Wearing NRA T-Shirt
A 16-year-old high school student was suspended for refusing to change his t-shirt that had an NRA logo on it.
Shane Kinney, a sophomore at Grand Island High School in upstate New York, was told to turn the shirt inside out or put duct tape over the words. When he refused to comply, Kinney was given in-school suspension.
Kinney and his family are members of the National Rifle Association. He claims to have worn that shirt and similar ones to school, and complied when they asked him to put duct tape over the writing in the past.
Officials at the school cited the dress code which prohibits any clothing that might incite or encourage “violent activities.
In a copy of the letter sent to the Kinney home that was provided to FoxNews.com, Vice Principal Michael Lauria stated:
“Shane did not listen to the administrator and was later seen wearing a T-shirt with rifles displayed on the back,” the statement continues. “Shane’s actions are insubordinate and in violation of the GICSD Code of Conduct.”
Kinney’s father maintains that there is actually nothing in the student code that bans clothing with the imagery of guns.
On America’s Newsroom, radio talk show host Michael Graham defended the school’s right to punish the student if he was being disruptive.
Graham said if Kinney was causing a climate where other students couldn’t learn and were fighting, then the school should have taken action.
“I don’t care about the code. I want to know could the kids have class. If the teachers had a problem with it, that’s their problem,” he said.
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