UNION CITY, Mich. - Is it simple arithmetic, a potential sexual innuendo or both? You be the judge.
Mickaylah Briggâs class t-shirt reads, âThe girls are hot. The boys are fine. Weâre the class of 6 + 9.â
Thatâs the exact wording for the Union City High School class of 2015 shirt.
âOur class is like the joking class, so we wanted it to be funny and represent us,â Briggs explained.
However, Unionâs school administrators didnât see the humor.
âAdministration did accept them for us to buy them. Like say, theyâre appropriate for school and stuff,â Briggs said. âThen that Friday, we all turned our money in. We found out they were not school appropriate, but it was too late.â
Administrators informed students that the shirts had a âpotential sexual innuendo.â Briggs said a classmate got suspended for wearing it on Friday.
âThen we all decided that we were going to wear our shirts that Monday,â Briggs said. âI got suspended walking into school. They waited for everybody to walk into school, and everybody that had a shirt got kicked out.â
They were suspended for the last day of school.
âI donât see the sexual innuendo,â Briggsâ mother said.
Bobbiejoe Briggs said she complained to the superintendent and questioned the disapproval well before any of the suspensions.
Without the âplus signâ, Mrs. Briggs said she could understand.
However, with it âaddition sign,â Mrs. Briggs sees it as a simple math problem.
âI can see where 6 + 9 equals the year students are graduating,â Briggs noted that the â9â˛ rhymes with âfine.â
âAnd I feel suspension is probably a little too far. Why couldnât they have them take their shirts off? Especially if it was the first offense instead of the second offense,â Briggs said.
Superintendent Peter Kreger over the phone. Kreger said students were warned, and they were acting insubordinate by wearing the shirt anyway.