Copperas Cove, Texas (KCEN) – An eighth grade student was told to change her pro-LGBT shirt because school officials said it violated the dress code.
Ali Chaney, 13, wore the t-shirt, which had rainbow text that said “Some people are gay. Get over it.”
Near the beginning of the school day, Ali was summoned to the office at SC Lee Junior High School, where she said school officials told her she had to change her shirt. Her mother, Cassie Watson, said Ali called her crying because she felt school leaders were discriminating against her for being gay.
“I would never, ever have expected it from the administration. I would think that the administration would be the first ones there to support her,” Watson said.
District Spokeswoman Wendy Sledd said the shirt violated the dress code because it was “disruptive.” She added Ali refused to wear an alternative shirt that was offered to her by administrators.
“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,” Sledd said in a statement.
In a conversation outside the school, Sledd claimed multiple students were distracted by the shirt. But, Ali and her mother do not believe the shirt was disruptive.
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