Kindergartener Violated School Policy After Wearing Michigan Shirt in Oklahoma
A 5-year-old boy was scolded and forced to wear his shirt inside out, after sporting a Michigan T-shirt at his Oklahoma school.
Cooper Barton didn’t think his favorite shirt would cause such a stir when he wore it to school one day.
Unfortunately, school officials of Wilson Elementary told the boy that he was violating Oklahoma City Public Schools dress code and was required to replace his shirt or turn it inside out. According to the strict dress code, students are only allowed to wear Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or apparel from another Oklahoma-state school.
“They should really worry about academics,” Cooper’s mom Shannon Barton exclaimed. “It wasn’t offensive. He’s five.”
The dress code which also prohibits professional team apparel was created in 2005 as a way to prohibit gang apparel in Oklahoma schools.
Fortunately, after this incident, the school board is now reviewing the dress code. “When I talked with the Superintendent he absolutely had concerns about it and thinks it might be outdated,” explained OKCPS Spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin.
For now, we can all agree that it’s not threatening for this kindergartener to represent the big gang of the University of Michigan…at least not until college football season starts.