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Monday, October 12, 2015

Oregon 8th-grader suspended from school for wearing patriotic shirt showing gun

Alan Holmes, an eighth-grade student in Gresham, Ore., still remembers the day his older brother returned home after serving in Iraq with the Marines.

“I was proud of him,” Holmes told ABC affiliate KATU. “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.”

As he got older, Holmes’s pride turned into patriotism. He wanted to demonstrate that patriotism last week by wearing a T-shirt to school that included a design memorializing fallen soldiers and bearing the words “Standing for those who stood for us,” according to KATU. Instead, the image on his shirt — boots, a helmet and a gun — got him suspended, the station reported.

Officials at Dexter McCarty Middle School asked Holmes to change his shirt,according to Fox affiliate KPTV. When he refused, the station reported, he was given an ultimatum: remove the shirt or face suspension.



Anonymous said...

The hyper sensitivity by so many citizens is disturbing.

Anonymous said...

It's a sad day when a young man can't show his appreciation and patriotism for his brothers service to our country. The helmet, boots and gun they are referring to is a wonderful monument to our men and women who have lost their lives defending our country. It was not a picture of a gun pointed at anybody. Shame on that school and congratulations Master Holme's for standing up for what you believe in.

Anonymous said...

The person who made the call to attack this child should be targeted for harassment.

Anonymous said...

If he was black and made a fake bomb he would be invited to White House. Fact