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Do teenagers in NRA T-shirts offend you?

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School Officials Make Student Change Out of NRA T-Shirt

by Jenny Erikson

A few weeks ago, 16-year-old Haley Bullwinkle caused a kerfuffle when she showed up at Canyon High School in Orange County wearing a National Rifle Association T-shirt. School officials made her change shirts or face disciplinary action, because the shirt violated the school’s dress code against depicted acts of violence.

This of course outraged the interwebs, because duh, freedom, and until they stop serving mystery meat in the cafeteria, you can’t ban an NRA shirt for showing a picture of a man holding a hunting rifle for being “too violent.”

"I felt like they were violating my rights, my freedom of speech," the sophomore told the Los Angeles Times. "I want to be able to wear what I want to wear within reason."

On Thursday, the school did the right thing, in this writer’s opinion, and decided to let Bullwinkle and her classmates to wear NRA shirts on campus. Wise decision guys, especially considering that that drill team twirls fake rifles and your mascot is a Comanche Indian Chief, which as Bullwinkle’s dad pointed out, could be considered to be offensive to some.

He told KTLA-TV:

“I think that if you consider the hunter, the image of the hunter to be offensive, certainly there are groups that would consider the Comanche Indian chief to be offensive”

The school district superintendent issued a statement that “Campus staff will be trained so that an incident like this does not occur again.”

If I were in charge of that training session, I’d call it Common Sense 101. Just saying.

Do teenagers in NRA T-shirts offend you?

by on Oct. 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

 The only thing I take issue with in this article is the statement:

considering that that drill team twirls fake rifles

They do not "twirl"; they SPIN. And granted the rifles are "fake" but they are made of wood and they are very heavy.

PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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The NRA offends me.

AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Not in the slightest.

stormcris
by Christy on Oct. 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM

No. I think that teens need to be able to decide what is and is not appropriate for them during these formative years through dress and statements. They are trying to form a political opinion and the more you deny them that right and the right to make statements through dress the less they are apt toward becoming adults. They will make mistakes and bad decisions but I would rather have them make it now when they are relatively safe than when they get out in the world as an adult. Hampering them only serves to keep them dependant and it results in a world where they cannot make decisions and many are not making the efforts to be productive members of society. Their ideas will change but when you block things such as these shirts you are in effect saying that 'others will make decisions for you'.

Debmomto2girls
by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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No, why would it?

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM
2 moms liked this
Teenagers seem to offend me no matter what they are wearing.
beesbad
by Bronze Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

While I wouldn't wear the shirt it doesn't offend me if someone else does. Also, it doesn't violate the school dress code since it doesn't depict an act of violence. It's an eagle holding a rifle. If the dress code said 'no depictions of weapons' then it would be a violation. But then so would the twirly spinny wooden rifles.

In Vino Veritas

MrsImperfect
by Bronze Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM
There's a man in my city having a fit right now because his daughter was sent home from school cause she had a Smith and Weston shirt on. He thinks it violates her freedom of speech.
Eta; it had pictures of guns on it


Quoting PamR:

I am not an NRA supporter, but it doesn't offend me.  I don't think it's appropriate for school, though.

cLanief
by on Oct. 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM
No. Teaching children proper gun ownership is not offensive in the least.
theresaphilly
by on Oct. 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Nope

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