On Tuesday, some 20 students at Celina High School in Celina, Ohio donned homemade t-shirts with the phrase “I support…” over a drawing of a rainbow. The group action was in response to a previous incident, where two girls made to remove shirts that said “Lesbian 1” and “Lesbian 2.”
Celina High sophomore Jimmy Walter organized the campaign—his sister was one of the students reprimanded in the original incident.
But school officials demanded the students remove—and presumably replace—the shirts because they were causing “a disruption.”
“The only reason they would be told that they couldn’t wear something is if it is a disruption of the educational process, or if it’s not allowed in the [student] handbook,” Celina High School Superintendent Jesse Steiner told U.S. News. “There’s a line in our handbook about drawing undue attention to yourself.” (According to Wikipedia, the 1,100-student academy is the city’s only high school.)
Junior Erick Warner says he sees classmates wearing shirts that are far more overtly partisan all the time, including ones endorsing Mitt Romney for president, ones that call President Obama a socialist, and a particularly creepy anti-choice tee: “[The] school promotes their pro-life club, called the ‘Students for Life,” Warner explained on Reddit. “They have their own shirts, which have a fetus [on them]. How is that not considered ‘political’?
Oh Erick, one day you’ll realize adults have one set of rules for themselves and another for everyone else.