A 13-year-old student was pulled from class by officials at S.C. Lee Junior High School in Copperas Cove, Texas, on May 23 for wearing a pro-LGBT t-shirt. (video below).
The school told Ali Chaney to change her T-shirt that read: "Some people are gay. Get over it."
"I was upset when they said that they don't want 'that' in their school," Chaney, told KCEN. "I was like you don't want 'what' in your school? You don't want gay kids in your school?"
The eighth grade student, who self-identifies as gay, was told her shirt violated the school dress code. However, she refused to change her clothing.
"The main principal was like, 'It's nothing against you, we just don't want that, so you need to change your shirt,'" Chaney added.
Chaney's mother, Cassie Watson, wrote on her Facebook page on May 23 that Chaney "called me at work hysterical. I went to the school with another shirt and prepared to make a written complaint. Ali was so upset that I ended up having to check her out of school and take her home."
A spokeswoman for the Copperas Cove Independent School District released a statement defending the school's action:
Our purpose at CCISD is to educate children, first and foremost. According to CCISD’s dress code in the student handbook and code of conduct, clothing that is disruptive to the learning environment based on reactions by other students is prohibited. The student was offered a school shirt to wear and declined.
Watson said her daughter's shirt was not a distraction, adding, "I absolutely believe that they did bully her."
The school sent KCEN a picture of another student's T-shirt of Miley Cyrus with the words, "Twerk it," which was also not allowed. However, Chaney produced a picture of another student who was allowed to wear an anti-Obama T-shirt.
"All of the kids should be treated the same," Watson said. "They're there to learn and not have their ideology changed because somebody doesn't agree with it."
The school district insists that students complained about Chaney's shirt, which Chaney and her mom do not believe.
Watson added that the school district owes her child an apology.