Channel 9 news out of Oklahoma City is reporting that a Kindergartner was embarrassed after being forced to turn his shirt inside-out at school.
Wilson Elementary student, Cooper Barton, wasn't wearing anything profane. He wasn't wearing anything derogatory or scantily clad. He was wearing the University of Michigan t-shirt you see in the picture above.
This isn't Columbus, Ohio is it??
Evidently it's against school dress code at Wilson Elementary to wear anything of public allegiance unless it is a shirt representing the Oklahoma Sooners or Oklahoma State Cowboys. That's right. All schools excluded but those two — unless it's another local Oklahoma school. Upon showing up to class with his 'Big House' t-shirt on, Cooper was forced to go behind a tree on the playground to take off his shirt and turn it inside out before putting it back on. And here I thought that Ohio State territory would be the only region to inflict such harsh penalties for wearing maize and blue.
According to the dress code initiated in 2005, students can't even wear anything representing the Oklahoma City Thunder or any other professional team due to an anti-gang task force.
So they're worried a 5-year old is representing a gang in Kindergarten class by wearing a Michigan Wolverines t-shirt? What would have happened if he would have showed up wearing a Duke Blue Devils shirt? Would that count as a satanic double-whammy?
According to Channel 9, the OKC School Superintendent released this statement on Monday:
"This has presented an opportunity to review the current OKCPS District Dress Code Policy that has been in place since 2005. It states that clothing bearing names or emblems of all professional and collegiate athletic teams (with the exception of Oklahoma colleges and universities) are prohibited. In cooperation with the Oklahoma City Police Department Gang Task Force, the policy was approved in 2005 after concerns that nationwide gangs used popular sports clothing to represent individual gangs. As when any policy is questioned; OKCPS administration will review the policy to determine if changes need to be made." –Karl Springer, Superintendent
Cooper's mother, Shannon Barton, was very frustrated, stating, "They should really worry about academics. It wasn't offensive. He's five."