LONGVIEW, Texas – A Texas middle-schooler was sentenced to “solitary confinement” after school officials took offense to his t-shirt, asked him to change it, and he refused.
Christian Davidson wore a shirt designed by his father’s clothing company to Spring Hill Middle School this week, which depicted an eagle emblem on the front, a Bible verse on the back, and the words “God, Guns and Country” on the left sleeve, the Blaze reports.
The Bible verse is from Romans 13:12. It states: “Let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of the light.” Hardly controversial stuff.
But the school’s vice principal apparently took offense to the garment, for whatever reason, and dragged Davidson to the principal’s office where he was presented with an ultimatum. He could either turn his shirt inside-out, or wear a size 3XL bright orange school issued shirt. Davidson chose a third option: neither.
The teen was sent to in-school suspension, or “solitary confinement,” as his father calls it.
“I teach my son to obey the law until the law imposed is quite unlawful,” Andy Davidson, the student’s father and owner of Maker’s Militia clothing brand, told the Blaze.
“He stood his ground and it makes me proud,” Andy Davidson said of his son’s decision.
The father went rounds with school Principal Kathy Parker over the incident. Parker allegedly told Andy Davidson “what my son was wearing was intolerable attire,” he said.
School officials did not reply to a request for comment from the Blaze. That’s likely because there’s little justification for censoring the t-shirt.
The incident is the most recent in a string of overreaction by school officials to anything that even references guns or God. Another student was recently suspended for wearing an NRA t-shirt with the organization’s rifle insignia on it. Other students have received similar punishments for possessing a Pop-Tart shaped as a gun, and for shooting airsoft guns on private property before school.
It’s a problem driven by education bureaucrats who are more concerned with political correctness than actual student safety.
“According to the ISD’s student handbook, clothing cannot have ‘pictures, logos, phrases, letters or words printed on them that are obscene, suggestive, crude or immoral in the judgment of the administration,’” the Blaze reports. “More specifically, these could include ‘nude/semi-nude figures, pictures or logos of alcoholic beverages and tobacco; obscene gestures; curse words; slang words; portrayal of drug paraphernalia; figures in suggestive postures; skulls and crossbones; and macabre words or graphics.”
Andy Davidson argued his son’s t-shirt did not fall within the district’s definition of prohibited clothing, but Parker allegedly contends she reserves final discretion in making that decision.
“She told me she thought it was best to keep the shirt away from other students,” Andy Davidson told the Blaze. “She thought it was offensive and could incite fear among students.”
It’s certainly difficult to understand how. America was founded on the concepts of God and the right of citizens to own guns. The shirt seems to do little more than advocate a love for America and the ideals it was founded on.
“There’s nothing that would suggest violence. The shirt is very much about loving the country,” Andy Davidson told the Blaze.
School officials allegedly told the Davidsons that if Christian wore the shirt or a similar one to school again he would face increasing punishments. Andy Davidson thinks officials are overreacting, and said his son will wear the shirt again.
In the meantime, Andy Davidson said he plans to join a local parents’ rights group to fight the administration’s decision and other issues in the school district.
“Emotional opposition to some words or ideas that some have do not legally or morally override someone’s rights,” Andy Davidson said.
By Victor Skinner at EAGnews.org