Student Suspended For Refusing to Turn Gun Shirt Inside Out
May 14, 2014 7:25am PST
Hindsdale High School senior ChrisBorg ended up getting suspended after he refused to turn his shirt depicting an AK-47 inside out, choosing to go home instead.
Prior to going home the dean at the school offered Borg the opportunity to reverse his shirt so the graphics weren’t showing but the student believed “it was an infringement of [his] First Amendment rights.”
The 18-year-old Eagle Scout wore a shirt “with the outline of an AK-47 depicted on the back, a url for the website of a Kentucky armory club that supports gun rights and the words “TeamAK” on it.” according to the Chicago Tribune.
The superintendent of the school, Bruce Law, said that the shirt was “unsafe and disruptive,” and defended the administrator’s actions.
“Every school I’ve ever worked at has restrictions on what a student can wear when it’s offensive or could be predicted to be offensive, when it promotes drugs, alcohol or violence,” Law said. He also said that the suspension will not be investigated, however Borg is free to petition to have it expunged from his record.
According to the school’s handbook, students can face “disciplinary action” if the show up in clothing that is “deemed vulgar, inappropriate, unsafe, or disruptive to the educational process (e.g., advertising/display of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sexual innuendo.”
Borg isn’t happy with the schools’ actions and says he’s seeking to have the suspension “removed from his record.”
“Pictures of firearms can be found in our history textbooks, but you don’t see people freaking out about that,” Borg said.
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