Student Suspended For 'Offensive' Pro-Gun Shirt

| by Brendan Kelly
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A high school senior was suspended from school for wearing a shirt that said, "Keep Calm and Carry Guns."

Andrew Eichorn wore the T-shirt to class one day at Flushing High School in Flushing, Michigan. He says he got through his first two classes without a problem before being called to the assistant principal's office during his third class, according to WEYI.

Eichorn was reportedly told by the assistant principal that his T-shirt's message promoted violence and that he would either have to change what he was wearing or turn his shirt inside out. He was told that he would not be allowed to to return to class until he did one of those things.

"I asked her how does it promote violence? She said because guns are dangerous," the teen told WEYI. "I said for something to have violence, it has to have emotion and for something to have emotion it has to be living. So the very essence of her telling me a gun has violence means you're telling me a gun is living. There has to be an actual person using the gun."

Eichorn says he thinks the school's actions violate his First Amendment rights.

The school district released a statement about the incident on its website, reports MLive. 

"The Flushing Community Schools recognizes and respects the rights of all students and families within the Flushing community, including the First Amendment right of free expression. The District's dress code policy as currently written and implemented as it related to this situation, was in error. We apologize to the student and his family. We will be meeting with the family and their representative to further address this matter constructively. We will work to clarify the policy to assure a situation like this does not occur again.

"As we enter into the Memorial Day Weekend and honor those who have sacrificed their lives, it is fitting to reaffirm our commitment to upholding all constitutional rights, including that of free speech."

Sources: WEYIMLive / Photo credit: Mad World News

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