Gresham middle schooler sent home for wearing gun shirt
The principal of Dexter McCarthy Middle School sent an eighth-grade student home this week for wearing a shirt with a gun on it, KOIN-6 News reported.
The shirt was supporting U.S. troops, but also displayed the traditional tribute to fallen soldiers of boots, a helmet and a gun.
It means a lot to me because our family, we have a lot of people who were in the military, middle schooler Alan Holmes said. I didnt see anything wrong with that shirt Its sad to see because its a fallen soldiers memorial.
After getting sent to the principals office at recess, Holmes was scolded for failing to meet the schools dress code. The principal then told him to change his clothes or leave, KOIN reported.
He chose to come home and Im proud of that, Alans mother Connie said.
The Gresham-Barlow School District provided the following statement to KOIN in response to the incident: I cannot comment on a specific situation due to student confidentiality requirements. We have a policy on student dress and grooming. Weapons on a shirt are not appropriate in a school setting.
Alan's father Charles countered that Its not promoting violence, its showing patriotism toward the guys we all care about.
The issue of guns and schools was especially sensitive this week. A gunman murdered nine people in creative writing class at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Now the family is waging their own T-shirt protest off school grounds. Connie recently picked up more shirts for the whole family, KOIN reported.
I just think its wrong for him to be stifled in that way, or for any kid to be stifled for being proud to be an American, she said.
The Holmes family says theyve received an outpouring of support from veterans groups online.