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Do teenagers in NRA T-shirts offend you?
October 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

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?


  • ndfan
    by ndfan
    October 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM

     not at all

  • Euphoric
    October 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM


  • PamR
    by PamR
    October 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

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

  • denise3680
    October 7, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    I could care a less if they wear an nra shirt or not.

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    October 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM
    Anybody wearing an NRA t shirt offends me. The NRA offends me. The idiot leader of the NRA offends me.
    Clear enough ?
  • cjsbmom
    by cjsbmom
    October 7, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Am I offended? No.

    But it doesn't matter. If this shirt violated the dress code, they were within their rights to ask the student to stop wearing it. Students do not have total freedom of speech in public schools. They have to follow the rules, including dress codes. 

  • numbr1wmn
    October 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    It would only offend an idiot

  • momtoscott
    October 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    They don't offend me.  But if the shirt is against the dress code, the teen should not wear it to school.  

  • lizzielouaf
    October 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I'm not offended and I don't see how the emblem of the NRA is depicting violence. The school rescinded their objection so the matter is settled, no big deal.

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    October 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM
    Thank you.

    Quoting numbr1wmn:

    It would only offend an idiot

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