Duck Dynasty Shirt Too Violent for School?

The t-shirt in question.
The t-shirt in question.

I know we’re all feeling sensitive about the senseless violence happening in American schools but we’ve got to draw the line somewhere, and I think it should be before kicking kids out of class for wearing harmless t-shirts.

As The Huffington Post reports, a Virginia high school student wearing a Duck Dynasty t-shirt — a gift from his grandma — was told to turn it inside out or go home. The shirt featured Uncle Si Robertson and the words, “I will hurt you physically and metaphysically.”

In case you live under a rock, the A&E reality show is a runaway hit. It follows, ironically, a devoutly Christian, duck-hunting family who has become famous for funny one-liners.  The last thing the show advocates is violence. So Hunter’s mom, Edna-Jo Spain, became angry and contacted local news station WWBT.

“For this to be considered as a threat to the school,” Spain, told WBBT. “I couldn’t understand it.”

School superintendent, David Clark, made a statement to WBBT via email. “If you are a Duck Dynasty fan you understand the meaning of the shirt … But if you haven’t watched Duck Dynasty you may question if the shirt implies violence. As a school division, we would like to keep our slogans on student shirts as non-violent as possible.”

Even though his mom was mad that Hunter decided to change his shirt, his reasoning was quite sound. “I’m not going to look stupid in front of all of these young ladies in the school … So, I decided to get a different t-shirt.”

What do you think? Is the t-shirt inappropriate for school or completely harmless?

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