A high school student whose family is obsessed with the popular A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty” was forced recently by his Dinwiddie, Va., school to take off a t-shirt featuring a character from the show because the school deemed it “threatening.”
Now his outraged mother is going public with her complaint against the school.
"For this to be considered as a threat to the school," Edna-Jo Spain told local Channel 12 News. "I couldn't understand it. Anybody that ever watches Duck Dynasty knows that Si Robertson is famous for his little funny slogans."
Robertson is a character on the program which documents the daily existence of his Louisiana family who became billionaires thanks to their company Duck Commander which makes a popular duck call and other duck hunting paraphernalia.
The Robertson family whose their long beards (the men, anyway) and backwoods mannerisms make a comical contrast with their vast wealth, have become cultural icons thanks to the show that focuses on their life.
The shirt worn to school by Hunter Spain (pictured, with Edna-Jo Spain) was emblazoned with an image of Si Robertson clenching his fist along with the words, “I will hurt you physically and meta-physically.”
School officials told him that he either had to change his shirt or wear it inside-out.
"I'm not going to look stupid in front of all of these young ladies in the school," said Hunter with a smile. "So, I decided to get a different t-shirt."
“If you haven't watched Duck Dynasty you may question if the shirt implies violence,” explained Dinwiddie High School Superintendent David Clark. “As a school division, we would like to keep our slogans on student shirts as non-violent as possible."
Hunter insisted that he meant no threat by wearing the shirt. He and his family are just huge supporters of the show.
"We are major fans,” affirmed his mother. “We are getting ready to go on the Duck Dynasty cruise next summer."
SOURCES: NBC Channel 12 News, CBS DC