An Indiana family says high school students took a local soccer rivalry way too far by wearing shirts that featured their son's mug shot.

“I was shocked, first, and then I thought, ‘How did they get this picture?’ Because I had never even seen the picture,” said the father, Kevin Rittenhouse, calling it a new form  of bullying.

His son had been arrested for pot possession while attending Marion High School, then transferred to another school.

When the schools played in a soccer game last week, Marion students and even some parents went to the game wearing the shirts.


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In a statement, Marion High spokeswoman Patricia Gibson said the district was “disappointed” by the situation and made students remove the shirts at school and leave the game if wearing them.

Rittenhouse, however, said that he repeatedly asked administrators at the game to remove people wearing the shirts and it took an entire half of the game to do so.

“I felt somebody needed to know that this was going on,” Rittenhouse said.

“It’s shocking. It’s appalling,” the student’s aunt Kelly Chastain said.

Chastain said she and other family members know that by talking about it, the shirts will get more attention, but that they did not want to let it go without any action or consequences. They believed someone from the school should have alerted them when the shirts appeared at school earlier in the day.

“They could’ve easily made a phone call and said, ‘Hey, here’s what’s going on. We don’t condone it, here are the steps we’re taking to resolve it,” Chastain said.

Rittenhouse said he doesn’t understand why anyone thought the shirts were a good idea and that it was rivalry gone too far. He wants others to know that it affected his entire family.

“Maybe if they (thought they) were being funny, you know, but that’s not the right kind of funny. … They want to brush it off like nothing happened and I think people need to know,” Rittenhouse said.


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