Pupil banned from wearing Star Wars t-shirt showing Stormtrooper with a gun

December 14, 2015 11:09 am
Colton Southern’s school in Texas told him to cover up the t-shirt because it showed a “symbol orientated towards violence”.

A 12-year-old Star Wars fan has been told not to wear his
Stormtrooper T-shirt to school, because it shows a character holding a
Colton Southern arrived at school last week wearing a
T-shirt with the logo from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film, which
opens this week, is one of the most hyped premieres this year.
his teachers at George Junior High School in Rosenberg, Texas, told him
that the T-shirt was inappropriate and he had to cover it up, and not
wear it again.
“It’s political correctness run amok,” said Colton’s father, Joe.
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.”
Texas is famous for having some of
the most relaxed gun laws in the US, and in May passed a bill allowing
people to carry guns openly on the streets.

About 850,000 Texans have a licence to carry a concealed handgun – a number that has increased sharply in recent years.
Yet the school defended their decision to ban the T-shirt.
spokesperson for Lamar Consolidated Independent School District told
the local television station KTRK that the handbook spelled out
potential violations of dress code, including “symbols oriented toward
The school administrators said they did not reprimand
Colton, although they could have required him to change or suspended
him. They say they only required him to zip up his jacket.
Southern said his son was entirely within his rights to wear the
T-shirt, as the weapon shown is fictional – just like the character
holding it. He said the implication his son would hurt anyone would be
“He’s a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park,” he said.
“There’s not a violent bone in his body. He’s just an excited kid for the movie.”

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