Citing appropriateness, a local high school has banned National Guard t-shirts featuring a soldier aiming his gun. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School has said the shirts violate their dress code, and Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney stated that students are not allowed to wear anything that has a weapon on it.
The controversy started when a National Guard recruiter handed out the shirts at the school on Friday.
Via the Times Union:
New York Army National Guard T-shirts featuring a gun on the front were banned from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High SchoolFriday after being deemed inappropriate.
“They’re not allowed to wear anything that would have a weapon on it,” said district Interim Superintendent Alan McCartney, referring to the student dress code. “Our main purpose is education. Wearing pictures of weapons brings to mind those things in our society that are not pertinent to education.”
A recruiter Friday was handing out swag at the school including shirts with the logo of a silhouetted soldier aiming a gun, said National Guard spokesman Colonel Richard Goldenberg.
School administration noticed the logo and asked that the shirts no longer be passed out as they didn’t comply with the school’s dress code, Goldenberg said. “We did it right on the spot.”
The Times Union reports that the school’s actual dress code states it does not allow for clothing that “promotes or endorses the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs or encourages other illegal or violent activities.”
An image of a soldier holding his weapon is neither illegal, or violent. And it’s certainly not promoting said activities.
Jennifer Delisle told CBS-6 that “there’s a big difference between violent crime and people who serve us and keep us safe and keep our freedom.”
Watch the report …
Superintendent McCartney explained “the fact that there was a weapon on the shirt and that just doesn’t have a place in a high school.”
Under such a broad policy, this Toy Story t-shirt would also be banned:
Along with every Guns ‘N Roses t-shirt.
Or even an Annie Get Your Gun t-shirt, which the school sold recently.
The Drama Club’s Facebook page advertised a need for props which included “2 toy pistols with holders.”
The horror …