A father in Illinois wants the middle school his son attends to change their dress code, after the 14-year-old was asked to remove a U.S. Marines T-shirt, Fox News reports. The reason given for the shirt violating the policy was it featuring guns.
The boy was asked to remove the shirt Monday, by a teacher who noted that due to the rifles on the shirt, it had to be out of sight. The boy’s dad, Daniel McIntyre, contends that his son should be able to wear the shirt, saying, “He wears it with pride. There are two rifles crossed underneath the word ‘Marines’ on the shirt, but to me that should be overlooked. It’s more about the Marines, instead of the rifles.”
McIntyre says his son was threatened with suspension, before agreeing to turn the shirt inside out. “He couldn’t understand why a teacher would make him do that,” McIntyre says, noting that his son has worn the shirt to school many times without having to remove it.
According to school district superintendent Joe Burgess, the shirt did not violate the district’s official dress code. He says had the teacher informed a school official, it would have been decided that the shirt wasn’t an issue. While the dress code does have guidelines for inappropriate images, gang symbols, and “violent behavior,” there are no rules concerning images of weapons.
McIntyre believes the incident is an overreaction to recent school shootings, and he supports his son. “This is not right,” he says, “This policy that they have in place can obviously be loosely interpreted, so they need to change it.”