A few weeks ago, 16-year-old Haley Bullwinkle caused a kerfuffle when she showed up at Canyon High School in Orange County wearing aNational 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
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
If I were in charge of that training session, I’d call it Common Sense 101. Just saying.
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.