Sound Off for October 12th: Teen suspended for patriotic t-shirt. What are your thoughts?

Sound Off for October 12th: Teen suspended for patriotic t-shirt. What are your thoughts?

An Oregon 8th grader says he just wanted to show support for the troops, but instead ended up suspended.

It happened at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham.

Alan Holmes says the military is important to him because his older brother is a Marine who has served in Iraq.

To show his support of the military, he wore a t-shirt to school that says. “They stand up for those who stood for us.” The shirt has an image of a gun on it.

The school dress code does bar students from wearing any clothes promoting alcohol, drugs, tobacco or violence.

Alan says, “It’s not a gun it’s a memorial and it’s for the people who gave back.”

The school told Alan to change shirts or get an in school suspension.  Alan chose the suspension, saying the image may have a weapon, but it doesn’t promote violence.

What do you think about the decision to suspend Alan?

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