A Texas high school student was reportedly sent to in-school suspension on Monday for wearing an American flag T-shirt to school.
Jaegur, who is a junior at Seagoville High School, does his best to stay out of trouble, according to his mom. He is passionate about ROTC and hopes to one day receive a scholarship through their program, Fox 4 reported (video below).
“He wants to go into the military,” Shelly Goode, the boy’s mother, told the news station. “He wants to help people, and any bad marks doesn't look good.”
On Monday, Jaegur was asked by a school administrator to remove his sweatshirt. The administrator determined that Jaegur’s shirt violated dress code.
“Underneath that shirt, he was wearing [the American flag] shirt,” Goode said.
Seagoville High’s dress code allows for students to wear solid color shirts only. Exceptions to this rule are made for shirts that have school and college logos or shirts supporting the military.
“If he was breaking the rules, he would be punished and he would have to honor whatever they give him, but he wasn't, and I have to stand by him for that,” she said.
Goode visited the school, but the assistant principal stood by Jaegur’s punishment. Goode then requested a written explanation for the punishment and received a phone call from the principal on Tuesday.
The principal apologized to Goode and said the American flag shirt can in fact be worn to school.
“The fact that acknowledging it is huge, and the fact that they're willing to stand by and see mistakes and grow from them, that means a lot,” Goode said.
The principal said he was not on campus when the incident occurred Monday and assured Goode that the in-school suspension will not go on Jaegur’s disciplinary record.
This isn’t the first time American flag T-shirts caused controversy at a school.
Back in 2010, students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California were reportedly sent home from school for wearing American flag T-shirts and bandanas to school on Cinco de Mayo.
The shirts were deemed “incendiary” by administrators because of the school’s large Mexican-American student population, NBC Bay Area reported. The Morgan Hill Unified School District said they did not agree with the administrator's actions and the students returned to school the following day.
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