An eighth-grade student from Texas says she was targeted by school administrators after she wore a shirt that said, "Some People Are Gay, Get Over It!"
Ali Chaney, 13, wore the shirt Monday and was called into the principal's office 10 minutes into her first class. She was informed that she could not leave the office until a parent brought her another shirt to wear. Chaney, who identifies as gay, became upset and contacted her mother, according to a Facebook post written by her mother, Cassie Watson, after the incident.
"She was met by all the administration in one office where she was essentially bullied," Watson wrote. "She asked why and was told they weren't going to tolerate 'that' in their school."
Watson said that her daughter was so upset that she went home for the day, and they contacted local news stations in hopes to bring awareness and demand an apology from the school.
"I would never, ever have expected it from the administration. I would think that the administration would be the first ones there to support her," Watson told local news station KCEN.
District spokeswoman Wendy Sledd told KCEN that the shirt was "disruptive."
"Our purpose at CCISD is to educate children, first and foremost. According to CCISD's dress code in the student handbook and code of conduct, clothing that is disruptive to the learning environment based on reactions by other students is prohibited. The student was offered a school shirt to wear and declined," she said in a statement.
Chaney and her mother believe that the actions of the school administration targeted Chaney's sexuality, and that the shirt was not disruptive to classmates.
"It's just a shirt, and it's not hurting anybody," Ali said.
It seems like these Texas school administrators need to take some advice from Ali's shirt and "Get over it!"