High school student Haley Bullwinkle, from Anaheim Hills, California, was recently ordered by school administrators to change out of a National Rifle Association t-shirt that she’d worn to class.
The t-shirt featured a buck, an American flag, and a silhouette of a hunter. The shirt says “National Rifle Association of America: Protecting America’s Traditions Since 1871.” Bullwinkle’s father was given the shirt for free when he became a member of the NRA.
On the day she wore the shirt, Haley was called into the principal’s office and told her shirt violated the school’s dress policy, which forbids offensive, violent, or divisive clothing.
“They were treating me like I was a criminal,” she said. “I was not allowed to wear that at school because it promoted gun violence.”
Kimberly Flicker, principal of Canyon High School, emailed CBS-LA recently about the school’s handling of the shirt.
“The shirt had a gun on it, which is not allowed by school police. It’s protocol to have students change when they’re in violation of the dress code,” she said.
Haley’s father has retained an attorney and wants to know what the school defines as violence. Further, he said that if the image of a hunter is deemed offensive, then the school’s Comanche Indian chief mascot could be seen as offensive as well.
“I think that if you consider the hunter, the image of the hunter to be offensive, certainly there are groups that would consider the Comanche Indian chief to be offensive,” he said.
It is unclear at this time whether the Bullwinkle’s will pursue the matter any further.