Texas Eighth-Grader Told To Change Her Pro-Gay T-Shirt Or Go Home

Jim Burroway

May 25th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 5.44.16 PMAli Chaney, 13, wore her shirt to SC Lee Junior High in Copperas Cove, Texas on Monday. The shirt, in rainbow colors, said, “Some people are gay. Get over it.” That message got the eighth-grader, who is gay herself, in trouble.

“I was upset,” she told KCEN-TV. “I mean, when they said that they don’t want that in their school, I was like, you don’t want what in your school? You don’t want gay kids in your school? … The main principal was, like, it’s nothing against you, we just don’t want that so you need to change your shirt.” Ali refused and was sent home.

The Copperas Cove Independent School District released a statement saying: “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.”

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“IslamOBAMunist Threatens Your Freedom”

The school claimed it enforces its dress code equally, and provided a photo of another shirt that it asked a student to change. But Ali refuted that by providing a photo of a student wearing a T-shirt which suggested that President Obama was a Muslim Communist who “threatens your freedom.” That student was not asked to change shirts.

Ali’s mother filed a complaint with the district.


May 25th, 2016

The ACLU eats school districts like this for breakfast…


May 26th, 2016

Please Ali, set up a go-fund-me account for your court challenge so that we can donate


May 26th, 2016

This is so unfair. But for future, girl, you have to say: this is my religion! You can not take my religion freedom! Blah, blah, i am oppressed for my religion, i believe in this thing… blah blah…”


May 26th, 2016

If the school makes a good faith effort to keep out all message shirts (which, unfortunately does not seem to be the case), I tend to support it. I taught jr high for ten years and their were kids who had an uncanny knack for disrupting everything with what they wore or how they wore it. We spent hours in faculty meetings working out ways to try to deal with it to a point where we almost adopted mandatory uniforms. In the end we came up with a fairly detailed set of standards which included an outright ban on ‘message’ clothing of any kind. The first shirt I confiscated under the policy from a 7th grader bore the words ‘Why there will always be bacon’ and depicted two pigs copulating.

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