Haley Bullwinkle is a 16 year old sophomore who attends Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, California. She is a very patriotic student who also believes in the Second Amendment.
A couple of weeks ago, Haley was running late for school and quickly grabbed a t-shirt, put it on and headed off to school. When she arrived on campus, a security guard stopped her told her that she had to change her shirt or she would be suspended. Not wanting to be suspended, Haley wore a shirt that the school provided and texted her dad about what happened.
The t-shirt that Haley grabbed that morning was a white shirt that said:
“NRA, National Rifle Association of America, Protecting America’s Traditions Since 1871.”
It also had three images, one of a deer, the middle one was the American flag and the third was a kneeling hunter. The school said that the t-shirt promoted violence and therefore violated the school’s dress code.
Jeb Bullwinkle, Haley’s father said that he got the t-shirt when he joined the NRA. He said that shirt did not promote violence, saying:
“Haley is an excellent student. She doesn’t get into trouble and would never harm or hurt anyone.”
Jeb and his wife wrote a letter to the school, objecting to their actions, claiming that the shirt in no way promoted violence and that Haley believed she was targeted simply because the shirt said NRA.
School officials have now stated that the shirt is acceptable and that staff will undergo proper training so as to avoid a similar situation from happening again. However, Jeb said that he has not heard anything from school officials and is still waiting for an apology to Haley. Haley commented saying:
“At first, it was just kind of me wearing that shirt to school like an everyday thing, but now I feel it’s a symbol of my rights that I’m supposed to have as an American.”
Chuck Michel, a firearms attorney who works with the NRA commented about what happened to Haley, saying:
“We applaud the school’s recognition of Haley’s right to freedom of expression and are thankful that common sense has won out over political correctness in this case. To avoid future cases like this, we hope the school district revises its dress code to more accurately define what constitutes a threat of violence.”
How many times have we seen schools violate the constitutional rights of students and teachers and then later have to come back and apologize? Educators should know what they are doing and I firmly believe they do. They intentionally push their liberal agendas on students and most of the time they get away with it because the student is bullied by teachers and school administrators. Occasionally they get challenged for their illegal actions, like in the case of Haley Bullwinkle and end up having back down and admit they were wrong. And they will continue to trample over students and their rights until eventually, students won’t have any rights to be trampled.