An eighth grade student in Oregon was suspended by school officials after he came to school wearing a ‘support the troops’ shirt that had a picture of a gun on it.
Alan Holmes, a student at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham, Oregon was given in-school suspension for wearing a t-shirt meant to honor the U.S. Marine Corps.
The shirt was emblazoned with the quote “standing for those who stood for us” along with an image of a traditional memorial for soldiers- a pair of boots in which the rifle stands, muzzle down, along with a soldier’s helmet resting on the butt of the gun.
Holmes, whose brother served in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, said he could never forget the day that his sibling returned home from his tour of duty safely.
“I was proud of him. I remember the day he came home and I was just so happy. I was little but I still remember it, he made me happy.”
Wearing a shirt that honors the troops was not a problem until he entered his school Wednesday Oct. 7, 2015.
Once the school principle spotted him in the “offending” shirt, Holmes was given an ultimatum: change shirts or face a suspension.
The eighth grader didn’t back down and was suspended.
Though the young man clearly understood the sensitivity of some to the image, especially in light of recent events in the state involving guns, his heart seemed to be in the right place.
“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.”
The dress code in the school system does in fact bar students from wearing clothes with images of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or violence.
Although it does not specifically ban images of guns, the school district said that “weapons on a shirt are not appropriate in a school setting.”