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Public School Suspends Student for Wearing a T-Shirt Supporting our Troops

An 8th grader from Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham, Oregon was recently kicked out of school for refusing to remove a t-shirt that proudly proclaims its support of our troops.

The shirt is from Jeff Foxworthy’s line of “redneck” clothing and simply shows a standard fallen soldier memorial (a pair of boots with a rifle and helmet), with the phrase “Standing for those who Stood for us.”

Alan Holmes was wearing the t-shirt while in school last week when one of the assistant principles saw the shirt and told him to remove it. Alan refused, and was eventually sent home. His parents stand behind his decision and believe that the school has acted both irrationally and unjustly. “Yeah, I’m proud of him,” Alan’s dad Charles Holmes said. “I would’ve done the same thing.”

Alan was also shocked and disappointed at the school’s reaction, “I was just upset. I was heartbroken. My brother, he means everything for me. Just being able to help and give back to the people who fought and died for us it just makes me feel good.” 

While the school has refused to comment on the situation, they did release a statement saying that they do not believe an image of a gun is appropriate in a school setting. Alan found this response stupefying, “This isn’t relating the violence. The barrel is pointing down. It’s total gun safety.”

KPTV – FOX 12

This is the kind of idiocy that liberalism has forced upon our society. American students can’t wear t-shirts flying the American flag, they can’t honor fallen soldiers, they can’t pray together, they can’t make finger guns at lunchtime… but the school is free to give them condoms while encouraging them to participate in homosexual sex acts or get abortions without notifying their parents. We truly are living in an upside-down America.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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