California teenager Hailey Monsour was sent home from school last week when school administrators decided that her T-shirt glamorized suicide.
The eighth grade student at High Desert School in Action, California, said her shirt was not a promotion of suicide, but rather a memorial for a classmate who took his own life.
“I put a heart with angel wings because I know that he went to heaven,” Monsour told CBS Los Angeles.
Monsour reported that school officials made her change her shirt because they believed it sent an incorrect message to students.
“I said, ‘No.’ They said, ‘We don’t think you understand.’ I said, ‘I understand. I can’t do that.’ And so they said, ‘OK, we’re going to call your parents and have them pick you up because we will not let you back on campus,’” Monsour recounted to the news station.
Monsour wore the shirt during a memorial service, which more than 100 attended in search of closure. However, in a letter from the school, administrators discouraged any memorial in a public setting such as “park benches, flag poles, T-shirts, yearbooks” and so on.
Laurie Dean, a parent, said the school is attempting to quiet the situation. However, others have noted that teen suicide is something that needs to be discussed out in the open.
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