Student Told to Change Abstinence T-Shirt Because it Violated School’s Dress Code
Summer Schreiner of Cocoa, Florida attended the Silver Ring Thing Conference, a Christian event that promotes abstinence only. At the conference, she obtained a t-shirt that read:
“Don’t drink and park… accidents cause kids”
Summer believed in what the shirt said and was proud to wear it to school the next day. Everything was going well for her at Clearlake Middle School until just after lunch. On her way back to class, the 8th grader was stopped by the vice principal who told her to go to the office and change her shirt because it was inappropriate. She was given a t-shirt that read:
“Tomorrow I will dress for success.”
Summer tried to explain that the shirt is not offensive, but that it promotes abstinence, but her words fell on deaf ears. She felt angry and humiliated the rest of the day. When she got home she told her mom, Angela Hogan, who said her daughter had dressed for success. Angela contacted the school and asked them to change their decision or apologize for wrongfully humiliating her daughter.
However, school officials said that they would not change their ruling nor would they offer an apology. Their school dress code forbids ‘clothing which contains sexually explicit, or oriented wording,’ and ‘clothing that infringes on the rights of others.’ According to reports, Michele Irwin, director of communications for the school district said:
“This is not a situation of whether or not the district agrees or disagrees with sexual abstinence among teenagers. It’s about the fact there is sexual innuendo on the shirt, and so we believe it violated our dress code policy.”
A vast majority of public schools, including middle schools are involved with organizations like Planned Parenthood who promote sexual promiscuity. I don’t know if that is the case with Clearlake Middle School, but Summer did say:
“If they teach you about sex in the textbooks and stuff, and that’s in a textbook, why can’t I wear something that is related to it on a t-shirt?”
Had I been Summer, I would have told the vice principal that the shirt saying about dressing for success was offensive to me as it did not insinuate the same set of values for success that I believe in. That’s what I would have done, but then again, I was somewhat of a rebel in school if I didn’t agree with the philosophy or politics being taught.
What you have done? Would you have caved in or stood your ground for your faith?