Marines T-shirt Ban: Student Asked to Remove Marines Shirt

By Jack Phillips On February 27, 2013 @ 4:26 pm In Midwest | 15 Comments

Marines T-shirt ban: A middle-school student in Illinois was ordered to remove a Marines T-shirt this week.

A US Marine from Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment conducts a patrol in Garmser, Helmand Province on June 27, 2012. (Adek Berry/AFP/GettyImages)

A US Marine from Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment conducts a patrol in Garmser, Helmand Province on June 27, 2012. (Adek Berry/AFP/GettyImages)

An Illinois student was told by his school to remove a U.S. Marines T-shirt and was threatened with a suspension if he failed to comply.

Daniel McIntyre, the father, told Fox News that he wants the Genoa-Kingston Middle School to take another look at its dress code after his son, Michael, was forced to remove it from sight.

The school took issue with the shirt’s interlocking rifles. The boy was then told to wear the shirt inside out.

“My son is very proud of the Marines, and, in fact, of all the services,” McIntyre told the network. “So he wears it with pride. There are two rifles crossed underneath the word ‘Marines’ on the shirt, but to me that should be overlooked. It’s more about the Marines instead of the rifles.”

McIntyre said his son wore the shirt several times to school before but authorities didn’t do anything.

“He was upset, he couldn’t understand it,” McIntyre continued. “He couldn’t understand why a teacher would make him do that.”

The Genoa-Kingston Middle School posted a statement on Facebook on Monday about the incident.

“We very much support the armed forces and were disheartened to learn of this matter through the media. The administration and school handbook agree that this shirt is not a violation of the dress code,” reads the statement.

It added that the school takes “school safety very earnestly and it needs to be recognized that is a topic that we also take very seriously and support our students and staff in providing a safe environment to learn, teach and work in on a daily basis.”

A commenter on the post, John Wayne Loudin, described the move to force the removal of the T-shirt as “disgusting.”

“I can’t believe we live in a country where someone actually finds a marine t-shirt offensive. If it wasn’t for the Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force, we would have no freedoms at all,” he wrote.

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