A 7th grade student in Texas was forced to cover up his Star Wars t-shirt (pictured) because it supported violence, school officials said.
Colton Southern is a 7th grader at George Junior High School in Rosenberg, Texas. On Dec. 10, he wore a shirt to school that featured the “Star Wars - The Force Awakens” logo on it, along with a Storm Trooper holding a weapon, ABC 13 reported.
The boy’s father, Joe Southern, wrote about the incident in a Facebook post. He noted that his son has worn the shirt to school several times before, but this time there was an issue. School officials told Colton his Star Wars shirt was banned because “the Storm Trooper has a gun.”
“It's political correctness run amok,” Joe told ABC 13. “You're talking about a Star Wars t-shirt, a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns or making a stand. It's just a Star Wars shirt.”
According to a spokesperson for the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, the handbook cites “symbols oriented toward violence” as potential violations of the dress code.
School administrators did not punish Colton, but they did ask him to zip up his jacket.
Joe believes his son’s first amendment rights were violated. He said the weapon on the shirt is fictional, and that his son would never hurt anyone.
“He's a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park,” Southern said. “There's not a violent bone in his body. He's just an excited kid for the movie."