An eighth-grader was sent home from school for wearing a t-shirt honoring fallen troops—because it had a gun on it.

The principal at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham, Ore., gave Alan Holmes a choice: Remove the shirt, which bore the message "‘Standing for Those Who Stood for Us," or leave school.

His father came to pick him up.

"They won't let me wear a shirt that supports the people that keep us free, I'm not gonna support them," Alan said.

Alan's family stood by his decision and his father said he would have done the same thing.

Alan's brother was in the marines, according to Fox 12.

The school said it believes that weapons on a shirt are inappropriate for a school setting.

The t-shirt features a picture of the soldier memorial referred to as the "battlefield cross," which is made up of the soldier's rifle stuck into his or her boots and the helmet on top.

Alan says he now plans on doing an in-depth research project to learn more about the memorial in his spare time.

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