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7th-grader banned from wearing ‘Star Wars’ T-shirt at school because guns are bad

7th-grader banned from wearing ‘Star Wars’ T-shirt at school because guns are bad

By Peter Holley for The Washington Post

By most measures, Colton Southern is a model seventh-grader.

He’s a boy scout, an active member of his church and volunteers at a state park not far from his home in Rosenberg, Tex.

He’s also a huge “Star Wars” fan, a distinction that has unexpectedly placed the well-behaved middle-schooler at odds with school administrators at George Junior High, according to ABC affiliate KTRK. The trouble beganThursday after Colton wore a shirt to school depicting a “Star Wars — The Force Awakens” logo that included an image of a Stormtrooper holding a weapon, the station reported.

Joe Southern told KTRK that his son has worn the shirt on several other occasions without a problem, but this time was different. School officials, Southern told KTRK, informed the boy that the shirt was banned because it included an image of a weapon. Instead of sending him home, officials forced the boy to cover up the T-shirt by zipping up his jacket.

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Southern was furious.

“It’s political correctness run amok,” he told KTRK. “You’re talking about a Star Wars t-shirt, a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns or making a stand. It’s just a Star Wars shirt.”

The incident comes at a time when schools across the country are on high alert because of a spate of mass shootings. A little more than a week earlier, two Islamic State-inspired terrorists killed 14 people and injured 22 during a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. Days earlier, Robert Lewis Dear allegedly stormed inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and began shooting, killing three people, including a police officer.

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