Student told to remove Marines T-shirt or face suspension - – Rockford’s News Leader

Student told to remove Marines T-shirt or face suspension


The clothing choices kids make can sometimes be questionable or inappropriate for school. A middle school student was nearly suspended for wearing a shirt he thought was patriotic.

 Michael McIntyre, an 8th grade student at Genoa-Kingston Middle School, wants to be a Marine one day. He often wears his favorite green 'Marines' shirt, until it got him into trouble with his English teacher.

"She said 'Mike can you turn your Marines shirt inside out or cover it up?'," says Michael. He did as his teacher asked, and told his father about the incident after school.

"Really embarrassing to him. I mean you're wearing a marines shirt and just showing respect for the marines. It was nothing more than that," says Dan McIntyre, Michael's dad.

Ironically, the shirt Michael wore that day is sold by a local business,  Oscar Mike.

Founder Noah Currier sells the items to raise money so disabled veterans like himself can stay active.  "I found out that he had gotten in trouble for wearing the shirt, that's when I switched my train of thought from worried to actually being upset with the situation," says Noah.  

Noah invited Michael and Dan out to his warehouse to thank them for their support. He understands why the teacher might have misunderstood the shirt, but doesn't think that should take away from the message.

"I think hypersensitivity towards, I'm guessing it was he guns on the shirt, or the rifles. And I can almost see that if it was a shirt that just had a rifle on it, or something that was exploiting violence," says Noah. "But it has the word marines above it and that pretty much cancels out anything that somebody could worry about. There's no promotion of violence."

The Genoa Kingston school district has made a formal apology to the family and to the community, expressing their support of the military. Administration has also decided the shirt Michael got in trouble for wearing is not in violation of their dress code.

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