(TruthSeekerDaily) Oct 3rd 2013, Haley Bullwinkle was forced to wear a school issued t shirt because her pro NRA shirt violated the school dress code:
Her shirt showed the silhouette of a hunter with the words “National Rifle Association of America: Protecting America’s Traditions Since 1871.”
The sophomore said she actually wore the shirt a couple times to school earlier this year without trouble. But walking down the halls of Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, Calif., last month, a security guard stopped her.
“He said, ‘let me see your shirt.’ I didn’t even realize he was talking to me at first,” Haley told TheBlaze in a phone interview Wednesday evening. “He kept telling me to move my hair, turn around. He sounded really annoyed with me from the beginning.”
“I still didn’t know what was going on, what about my shirt that was wrong,” she continued.
Haley was sent to the principal’s office and was given a school-issued shirt to change into. While there, she was texting her father. Her primary concern? Was she in enough trouble that she wouldn’t be allowed to attend a weekend birthday party.
“I reassured her she wasn’t in trouble,” Jeb Bullwinkle told her.
The father said he sent Principal Kimberly Fricker an email asking “why my daughter, a good kid” had to change clothes.
An email provided to TheBlaze from the Bullwinkle’s attorney from Principal Fricker said that a shirt with a gun on it is “not allowed by school police.”
“It is standard protocol to have students change when they are in violation of dress code,” Fricker’s note said.
The school’s dress code policy, bans students from wearing clothing that “promotes or depicts: gang, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, criminal activity, obscenity, the degrading of cultures, ethnicity, gender, religion and/or ethnic values. (In general, anything that is divisive or offensive to a staff member.)” There is no explicit mention of guns or firearms in the photocopy we reviewed.
Jeb said he has been in communication with the school, trying to figure out how exactly Haley’s shirt was in violation of this policy.
The more Jeb, an NRA member, thought about it, the more he wondered how an article of clothing with a hunter — images of which he said he’s sure are in books in the school’s library — is “so alarming” when the school has a color guard that twirls fake rifles and a mascot of a Comanche Indian.
Images of the school mascot include a head of a Comanche with spears. Even the football player’s helmets have a spear on them.
With these contradictions and feeling that Haley’s first amendment rights were violated, Jeb contacted civil rights attorney Chuck Michel, whose other clients include the NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association.
“We’re looking for (the school) to acknowledge that this T-shirt and T-shirts like it aren’t banned by school policy,” Michel said.
“Students don’t leave their First Amendment rights at the door,” he continued, calling it “bologna” to consider a silhouette of a hunter as promoting “violence.”
If this is what the current policy is saying of the shirt, Michel said the color guard’s wooden rifles and mascot show that the school is “applying a double standard.”
“The NRA is interested in supporting Haley and people like her, defending against a campaign of shame,” Michel said.