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Kindergartener Forced To Turn His College Shirt Inside Out While At School

By Monica Bielanko |

Go Wolverines, reading, writing and 'rithmatic be damned!


Isn’t college the ultimate goal for hardworking students everywhere?

So why did the principal at Wilson Elementary ask 5-year-old Cooper Barton to turn his favorite University of Michigan t-shirt inside-out while in school instead of high-fiving him and asking if the U of Michigan was where he wanted to go to college?

Beats me. Instead, Cooper was told his t-shirt violated the Oklahoma City Public Schools dress code.  Apparently students are only allowed to wear Oklahoma or Oklahoma State apparel.

Coopers mother, Shannon Barton, tells she wants the dress code changed.

“They should really worry about academics. It wasn’t offensive. He’s 5.”

As Yahoo Sports reports, this isn’t the first time a kindergartener has been asked to leave their college allegiance outside of school.  In February, Emma Burton of Olathe, Kansas, refused to color a University of Kansas Jayhawk because she and her parents were devout Kansas State fans.

What do you think? Is the school being a little rigid about their dress code policy or was it created for good reason and all children should have to follow it regardless of age or how benign their attire?

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Kindergartener Forced To Turn His College Shirt Inside Out While At School

  1. mbaker says:

    That’s why a clear dress code should be distributed to parents before school starts. I also think if you’re going to ban one college’s gear you should ban every college.

  2. Brandi says:

    This is a perfect example of someone (or a group of someone’s) pushing their OPINION into rule/law. I understand not allowing clothing supporting sports teams, kindergarden does seem crazy young to worry about gang violence, however there are older children on campus too & rules must apply to all. However, if one team is banned ALL teams should be banned. By making a rule saying you’re only allowed to wear a specific teams shirt the rule makers are pushing their beliefs onto others.

  3. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    What does gang violence have to do with a 5yr old? Honestly, if they are gonna ban team logos, then they should ban ALL TEAMS LOGOS of every sport.

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