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:
— Charles Hollman 🎃 (@ChillWitCharles) December 13, 2015
— Larry McDorchester (@McDorchester) December 13, 2015
— Vincent (@statisticsgeek) December 13, 2015
@washingtonpost I guess I'd better not wear my Ninja Nana t-shirt when I volunteer at my grandchildren's school next week!
— billye moutra (@bilibu) December 13, 2015
Twitchy put it this way: “May the stupid be with you.”
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