The administrators of a high school in Celina, Ohio clearly need to retake American history and civics (if the school offers such a class) after censoring pro-equality t-shirts worn by a group of students in support of two other students they had already censored.
The debate at Celina High School started after two female high school students celebrated the high school’s “Twin Day” last week by wearing shirts to school that read “Lesbian 1″ and “Lesbian 2″ on the back. They were promptly asked to remove the T-shirts, according to students there.
On Tuesday, some 20 students decided to show their support of the girls by wearing their own T-shirts to school. The shirts read: “I support…” with a photo of a rainbow. “Express yourself.” …
Celina High School Superintendent Jesse Steiner says there are “definitely two stories” to the incident.
But both sides agree the students who wore the rainbow T-shirts were asked to remove them.
Students were told the T-shirts were prohibited because they were “political,” according to Warner, despite no such rule in the school dress code. Steiner was not able to confirm if this rule was or wasn’t part of the code…
Superintendent Steiner says it’s more likely students were asked to remove the T-shirts because they were disruptive, not because they were political.
“The only reason they would be told that they couldn’t wear something is if it is a disruption of the educational process, or if it’s not allowed in the handbook,” Steiner says. “And there’s a line in our handbook about drawing undue attention to yourself.”
Okay Mr. Steiner, now go ask your lawyer whether such a vague rule would be considered overly broad by any federal court. And then you’d better rescind the policy and stop violating the constitution.
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