An Eighth Grade Student Is Suspended From School for Wearing a Shirt Honoring Fallen Soldiers
October 12, 2015 by CHRIS ENLOE
An eighth-grade student at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham, Oregon, is speaking out after he was suspended from school for wearing a t-shirt honoring fallen soldiers.
Alan Holmes says his shirt, which depicted boots, a helmet, and a service weapon to represent fallen soliders, caught the attention of his school’s vice principal.
Instead of being recognized for honoring his brother’s service in the Marines or being commended for patriotism, Fox News reports that Holmes was asked to change his shirt.
“’I’m not changing into a Dexter shirt,’ the 13-year-old told Fox 12. ‘They won’t let me wear a shirt that supports the people that keep us free, I’m not going to support them.’”
When he refused, he was suspended. Alan told KATU:
“The principal, I asked him, is this considered a suspension? He said yes I’ll see you tomorrow and I left.”
“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 Alan may be in trouble with the school, he isn’t in trouble at home. Alan’s father even commended his son:
“’Yeah, I’m proud of him,’ he said. ‘I would have done the same thing.’”
School officials told Fox 12 they weren’t able to comment on the details surrounding Alan’s case due to confidentiality, but did say the school bans clothing that promotes alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and violence.
Alan’s suspension comes at a time when tensions are high in schools across the country. In just the last two weeks, there have been threeschool shootings – one in Oregon, one in Arizona, and another in Texas.
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