The student’s mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said that her son wore a red, white, and blue shirt that featured the logo to school during “Spirit Week.”
“It was nerd day, so he wanted to be a Republican nerd,” the student’s mother told News 4.
However, the student was confronted by a staff member at the school, Kirby-Smith Middle School. The staffer told the boy to turn the shirt inside out.
When he went home and described what happened to his mother, she contacted the school to inquire about what rule her son had violated. It turned out, he hadn’t violated any rule.
Duval County Public School administrators said the shirt was not in violation of the student dress code, which only prohibits clothing “which are obscene, profane, suggestive or derogatory to others.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 15, 2018
A spokesperson told News 4 that the student didn’t receive a dress code violation, but that the staff member did suggest the student turn the shirt inside out.
A spokesperson told Fox News that the staff member misunderstood the dress code, believing the employee dress code to be the same as the student dress code. The employee dress code prohibits employees from wearing politically-charged shirts while the student dress code does not.
“If an employee were wearing the shirt, it would not have been allowed. We are prohibited from such political expression on the job. However on a student, the shirt is fine,” a spokesperson added to Yahoo.
It’s unclear if the staffer will be punished.
The student’s mother said the school called her to apologize and that she plans on sending her son to school wearing the same shirt again.
A father tells me his son was asked by the school principal to remove this jersey during a patriotic-themed football game after people complained. Dad, a registered Democrat, says his son complied but felt humiliated. @HarnettCoSchool says it supports expression not disruptions pic.twitter.com/W9U9v2vBLF
— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) October 10, 2018
The incident happened around the same time as a North Carolina high school student was told to take off a shirt that had President Donald Trump’s name on the back.
Matthew Collins, 18, wore the shirt a Harnett Central High School football game in Angier on Oct. 5, where student attendees were asked to dress patriotically for “USA America” night.
The principal of the school called him over at halftime and ordered him to change the shirt.
When he refused, she kicked him out of the game until he finally removed it to get back in.
The school had not yet apologized or reacted to the situation.