Texas 7th-grader banned from wearing Star Wars T-shirt showing stormtrooper with gun

ABC affiliate KTRK

On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Colton Southern, a seventh-grade student from Rosenberg, Texas, got into trouble at his school over a T-shirt displaying a Star Wars stormtrooper with a gun.

According to the Post, Southern is “a boy scout, an active member of his church and volunteers at a state park not far from his home…”

But he did the unthinkable and wore a t-shirt the school administration didn’t like.

The Post reported:

Joe Southern told KTRK that his son has worn the shirt on several other occasions without a problem, but this time was different. School officials, Southern told KTRK, informed the boy that the shirt was banned because it included an image of a weapon. Instead of sending him home, officials forced the boy to cover up the T-shirt by zipping up his jacket.

Naturally, this didn’t sit too well.

“It’s political correctness run amok,” the boy’s father told Houston’s KTRK. “You’re talking about a Star Wars t-shirt, a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns or making a stand. It’s just a Star Wars shirt.”

The move also got criticized on Twitter:


Twitchy put it this way: “May the stupid be with you.”

We agree.



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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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