Teen Sent Home After School Says Her Shirt Glamorized Suicide
A teenager in California says she was sent home from school because staff members thought her shirt glamorized suicide.
Hailey Monsour, an eighth grader at High Desert School said that she made the shirt earlier this week as a way of remembering a classmate who police say took his own life.
“So, I put a heart with angel wings because I know that he went to heaven,” a tearful Monsour said Friday.
More than 100 people attended an evening vigil in search of closure but many say they can’t get it until the school lets them express their grief however they see fit.
Monsour says officials told her to change her shirt because she says they believed it sent the wrong message to students: that it’s okay to glorify suicide. Monsour refused.
“I said, ‘No.’ They said, ‘We don’t think you understand.’ I said, ‘I understand. I can’t do that.’ And so they said, ‘OK, we’re going to call your parents and have them pick you up because we will not let you back on campus,’ ” she said.
Monsour also said that school officials tried to break up the memorial on campus.
“Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, dedicating memorials in public settings, such as park benches, flag poles, T-shirts, yearbooks, or dances, etc. is discouraged,” a letter from the school reads.
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— ✨Hailey✨ (@HaileyMonsour) May 14, 2015
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