Skip to main content

View Diary: My vagina, my shame (20 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  While... (none)
    You certainly could be expected to be asked to take off the button, I don't think you should find yourself being threatened with expulsion. That's where the problem lies.
    •  I'm not so sure... (none)
      Kids have been suspended or sent home for wearing just about anything that a teacher or administrator finds "offensive" or "disruptive." At the school where my Mom teaches, they once banned Bart Simpson shirts. I could see a boy wearing a "I Love My Penis" shirt/button getting sued for sexual harassment, even.

      The Zero Intelligence site lists the case of a boy at Snohomish High School in Washington suspended for wearing a shirt proclaiming support for the "SnoHos." Administrators decided it was a double entendre referring to prostitutes. The boy got a one-day suspension for dress-code violation and sexual harassment and a second day for "gross insubordination." That happened earlier this month.

      Other cases of dress censorship listed at the site:

      • two boys suspended for wearing shirts that read, "Adam & Eve, Not Adam & Steve," in protest of a gay-awareness event at school.

      • a boy suspended for wearing goth makeup to express his Wiccan beliefs

      • a boy suspended for wearing a NRA shirt

      • a white girl in Britain sent home for wearing cornrow braids, in violation of the dress code because the hairstyle was "a fashion statement" rather than "a reflection of cultural heritage."

      • a boy suspended for wearing a Sikh religious symbol called a kirpan, "a small replica knife with  a dull blade meant to remind the wearer that it is their duty to act against injustice and stand up for the defenseless." The school called it a prohibited weapon.

      • a boy suspended for wearing a shirt featuring the likeness of a US Marine carrying a M-16 rifle as well as the text of the USMC Creed.

      • students "reprimanded" for wearing shirts proclaiming their wish to bring back the school's old Indian Warrior mascot.

      • a lesbian student's yearbook picture was barred from appearing in her class photos section because she wore a tuxedo instead of "the approved female drape." The yearbook editor was fired for objecting to the removal, while the girl's mother paid $1000 to buy a two-page spread to get her photo included in the book. Administrators said it wasn't an issue of sexual preference, but dress code rules according to gender.

      • 8th grade advanced students threatened with suspension, forbidden from using the bathroom, restricted to certain parts of campus, and forced to write an essay on why they were worthy to use the school computer lab, because they wore shirts referring to themselves as "Gifties."

      • a boy suspended and threatened with expulsion for wearing a rubber band on his wrist, and when ordered to give it up he "tossed" it on the teacher's desk. He was punished for a "Level 4 offense," equal to arson, assault and battery, and bomb threats according to the school's student handbook.

      • a boy arrested, suspended and threatened with expulsion when he went on the school roof wearing a gorilla mask and sheepskin. Officials feared he might have been planning a sniper attack. When some students wore shirts supporting the boy, reading "Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense," the clothing was confiscated by the school.

      • a boy suspended, supposedly for violating school rules forbidding ad-libs on the school's student-run closed circuit TV productions. As he read the teacher-approved script informing viewers that the soccer team had "kicked some booty," he added his own line, "I love booty." In addition to his suspension, he's not allowed to participate in the broadcasting program anymore. (Not really a dress code case, but it's not unlike the "I Love My Vagina" controversy.)

      • Forty-three 6th graders sent home for wearing red shirts, because the principal believed the color to show a gang affiliation. Many of them were only wearing red because the day before the principal told a group of students in white that he thought white shirts were a signal of gang membership, and those kids spread the word to others that they should wear red.

      • a 6th grade boy suspended (later revoked by the superintendent) for writing a letter that encouraged students to wear white shirts and blue pants in protest of a school policy forbidding socializing before school and during lunch periods. (The kids can't socialize during lunch??!?)

      • a girl wearing a red, white & blue beaded necklace to show support for her uncle in Iraq was forced to remove it because the school felt it was "gang-related."

      Those are just the cases listed on the site for this year. Wacky, some of the stuff that schools will try to police.
      •  The principal worried about red shirts... (none)
        ..indicating gang membership is obviously not a principal in the Boston area.

        Last October, red shirts were all you saw in my daughter's school <G>.

        "Don't call yourself religious, not with that blood on your hands"--Little Steven Van Zandt

        by ChurchofBruce on Sat Apr 23, 2005 at 05:03:52 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  It's disturbing (none)
        How little respect there is for speech in our nation's schools. Btw, the site you reference Zero Intelligence deserves a link. I wished I'd had a place like that to go back when I was in school.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (130)
  • Community (55)
  • Memorial Day (31)
  • Culture (30)
  • Environment (26)
  • Republicans (21)
  • Civil Rights (20)
  • Rescued (18)
  • Media (18)
  • Bernie Sanders (17)
  • Science (17)
  • Education (17)
  • Elections (17)
  • Labor (17)
  • Law (16)
  • GOP (16)
  • Climate Change (15)
  • 2016 (15)
  • Marriage Equality (14)
  • Racism (14)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site