A father in Longview, Texas is not happy after his son’s school tried to get him to change out of a t-shirt that they deemed inappropriate.
Andy Davidson was called to his eighth-grader’s middle school after the boy refused to change his shirt. The shirt, which is manufactured by Davidson’s patriotic t-shirt company Maker’s Militia, has the words “God,” “guns,” and “country” written on the sleeve with an eagle on the front and a bible verse on the back.
In an interview with The Blaze, Davidson says that his son refused to change his shirt when called to the principal’s office because he didn’t think there was anything wrong with it.
“The shirt they were going to give him was 3XL, orange inmate shirt,” said Davidson. “He stood his ground and it makes me proud.”
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According to his own report, Davidson argued with school administrators for about an hour over the t-shirt, saying that his son had the right to wear it under the first amendment.
Spring Hill Middle School administrators, however, disagreed, saying that it goes against their dress code policy. According to The Blaze, the school’s policy says that “pictures, logos, phrases, letters or words printed on them that are obscene, suggestive, crude or immoral in the judgment of the administration.”
Well, the administration used their judgment to decide that what the boy had on his shirt was inappropriate, and they wound up giving him an in-school suspension. According to Davidson, school officials warned that if the boy wears it again, more serious consequences could follow. Davidson says that his son will wear the shirt again and will do whatever it takes to stand up for his rights.
“He’s not purposely trying to disobey authority,” said Davidson. “I teach my son to obey the law until the law imposed is quite unlawful.”
Davidson says he’s taking to the community to draft a petition that will hopefully put a stop to what he says is an infringement on the student’s “first amendment right.”