Fort Smith Teen Suspended Over T-Shir...

Fort Smith Teen Suspended Over T-Shirt Trouble

There are 123 comments on the Fox 8 WGHP story from Oct 14, 2010, titled Fort Smith Teen Suspended Over T-Shirt Trouble. In it, Fox 8 WGHP reports that:

A Fort Smith couple demanded change Wednesday after they say their 15-year-old daughter was suspended for wearing clothes that support gay pride.

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vikki

Greensboro, NC

#1 Oct 15, 2010
If you want to be gay thats your problem.just dont shove down everyones throat.
VikkisBestFriend

Miami, FL

#2 Oct 15, 2010
vikki, being gay is not a problem. Being bigoted is a problem. Also, nobody is shoving anything down anyone's throat. The media shoves heterosexuality down everyone's throat. Sex is everywhere. I'm gonna wear an Obama t-shirt. Does that mean I'm shoving it down everyone's throat? No. Also, you're a moron.

Since: Jun 10

Greensboro, NC

#3 Oct 15, 2010
vikki wrote:
If you want to be gay thats your problem.just dont shove down everyones throat.
How is showing pride in who you are shoving anything down everyone's throat? If I wear a t-shirt that says I'm proud to be (insert race), is that offensive to those not of that race? Or a shirt showing pride in inter-racial relationships? Or a shirt about my religion? It is a basic right we are granted in this country; Freedom of Expression. If she were an adult, she wouldn't be kicked out of a grocery store or movie theater, or even college for this. Does it say somewhere that our freedoms begin when we turn 18?

“this is my alias :)”

Since: Oct 10

~*~North Carolina~*~

#4 Oct 15, 2010
VikkisBestFriend wrote:
vikki, being gay is not a problem. Being bigoted is a problem. Also, nobody is shoving anything down anyone's throat. The media shoves heterosexuality down everyone's throat. Sex is everywhere. I'm gonna wear an Obama t-shirt. Does that mean I'm shoving it down everyone's throat? No. Also, you're a moron.
I agree with you. I dont see how the student is shoving anything down anyones throat. All she is doing is wearing a tshirt. Same as if she was wearing a Hollister, Aero, Abercrombie, etc. Whats the difference?? NONE!

“this is my alias :)”

Since: Oct 10

~*~North Carolina~*~

#5 Oct 15, 2010
or a shirt that supports your fav athletic team. whats the difference????
Mel

United States

#6 Oct 15, 2010
The school made the right decision...nasty

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#7 Oct 15, 2010
Really? If gay people are not the problem then where would this bigotry be if they were not around? Oops
VikkisBestFriend wrote:
vikki, being gay is not a problem. Being bigoted is a problem. Also, nobody is shoving anything down anyone's throat. The media shoves heterosexuality down everyone's throat. Sex is everywhere. I'm gonna wear an Obama t-shirt. Does that mean I'm shoving it down everyone's throat? No. Also, you're a moron.

“I call it as I see it.”

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#9 Oct 15, 2010
On another thread, it was revealed that the school disallows any and all expressions on T-shirts that could in any way be construed as a sexual message. Her suspension apparently did not violate accepted school guidelines.
teardrop

Greenville, SC

#10 Oct 15, 2010
School is for learning not about gays and what else they talking in school these days.Why we telling our kids the wrong things about sex let them find out on there on and let that be for now.
Jay

High Point, NC

#11 Oct 15, 2010
I doubt anyone who works at that school cares if this kid is gay or straight. I don't believe that "gay rights" is the issue at all. The problem arises when what chaos is created due to what a person wears, how they wear it, how they act, etc. The list goes on and on. When something creates this sort of chaos, someone has to step in correct it or else the kids are going to take over. It's called being a teacher or principal and actionally being in charge of the kids rather than having the kids in charge of the adults. The parents and media are spinning this... and I think that's quite apparent!
Joe

Greensboro, NC

#12 Oct 15, 2010
I never realized how many people think that it's OK for a 15 year old to openly display thier sexual preference. Then to compare it to a shirts brand name printed on it is just being ignorant.

Since: Jun 10

Greensboro, NC

#13 Oct 15, 2010
Joe wrote:
I never realized how many people think that it's OK for a 15 year old to openly display thier sexual preference. Then to compare it to a shirts brand name printed on it is just being ignorant.
So the 15 yr old straight kids walking down the hall holding hands should be barred from doing that as well? The teen years are when you discover who and what you are! Sexuality should not be repressed, but explored in a healthy way. It is nothing to be ashamed of and should be allowed to be expressed in an appropriate way. I do not think a t-shirt, no matter what it says, is really that disruptive. And I bet you it was the teachers and administrators that made an issue of this, not the students! I find that most teenagers could care less what your sexual orientation is......
Jay

High Point, NC

#14 Oct 15, 2010
If someone wore a tacky handwritten shirt saying something about being straight, the outcome would have been the same. However, the suspension part comes to play when the kid (you know, the one trying to find himself or herself) apparently doesn't know manners or how to respect authority and rebels/pitches a temper tantrum. Half the kids are probably gay, and you're right... they don't care. I agree with Vikki... just don't go rubbing it in other kid's faces. What's their point anyway? Their point is to rub it in other people's faces to get attention. I don't know how else one would see that.
Katie Murphy

Rockville, MD

#15 Oct 15, 2010
Tehre wouldn't have been any problem if the shirt said str8 pride. Its that simple. The south is full of people whose only ideas come from churches that hated blacks and now have a new victim the ggays.

And btw, the kids have a right to free speech also. My car license plate says BECOMGAY. And my friends at school love it. BTW, I am str8
Humm

Greensboro, NC

#16 Oct 15, 2010
MLC75 wrote:
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So the 15 yr old straight kids walking down the hall holding hands should be barred from doing that as well? The teen years are when you discover who and what you are! Sexuality should not be repressed, but explored in a healthy way. It is nothing to be ashamed of and should be allowed to be expressed in an appropriate way. I do not think a t-shirt, no matter what it says, is really that disruptive. And I bet you it was the teachers and administrators that made an issue of this, not the students! I find that most teenagers could care less what your sexual orientation is......
Try again. Most teens do it to get a rise out of others. The commotion that it causes and the fact that "people are talking about them" makes it exciting. They are finding out who they are in the teen years, and if people don't quit telling them that anything goes, I am afraid to see what they will become.

Since: Jun 10

Greensboro, NC

#17 Oct 15, 2010
Jay wrote:
If someone wore a tacky handwritten shirt saying something about being straight, the outcome would have been the same. However, the suspension part comes to play when the kid (you know, the one trying to find himself or herself) apparently doesn't know manners or how to respect authority and rebels/pitches a temper tantrum. Half the kids are probably gay, and you're right... they don't care. I agree with Vikki... just don't go rubbing it in other kid's faces. What's their point anyway? Their point is to rub it in other people's faces to get attention. I don't know how else one would see that.
I seriously doubt that a t-shirt with a straight message would have had the same outcome. How do we know that this girl didn't create the t-shirt in response to a "straight message" tee that no one said anything about? And the article didn't say she threw a tantrum, she simply refused to change her shirt. If our children are not taught to stand up for what they believe in, the future looks mighty bleak! Do we want to raise a generation of conformists, yes-men, spineless wet noodles? I know I don't! If my daughter were to get suspended for this, you'd better believe I'd be right there supporting her! So would the majority of the student body!
getreal

Mount Airy, NC

#18 Oct 15, 2010
Sorry but vikki is right. It is being shoved down our throats and I know a lot of gay people who don't appreciate the aggressive agenda that a lot of other gay folks have. Bedroom business should stay there-in the bedroom. My best friend is gay but she doesn't go around advertising her sexuality any more than I do as a straight person. I liken it to women's rights. Women are equals but there are a lot of feminists out there that don't want equality-they want superiority. Same with some homosexuals...they want to make straight people feel bad about being straight. Some, not all, want to convert straights. How is that OK when a straight person is a bigot for trying to do the same thing? I am all for people being treated with respect and compassion and kindness. But some people take advantage of that and get a huge chip on their shoulder thinking they are constant victims, feeling entitled, and justifying reverse discrimination. Some people throw the word "bigot" around too freely just because someone else doesn't share their views.
vikki

Greensboro, NC

#19 Oct 16, 2010
I dont think children should wear any kind of clothing that suggest their sexual preference straight or gay.Kids have enough trouble in school without setting their selfs up for more.
Delia McLaughlin

United States

#20 Oct 16, 2010
This is exactly the sort of thing that made me call the ACLU for my then 14 yr old son who was outed and ostracized by the administration and teachers at Jacksonville Jr. Hi in 2001-2003. I ended up having enough and called the ACLU. I hope these parents do the same thing. There is a Supreme Court case saying that a student's freedom of speech does not stop once they enter the school house gates. I wish you guys the best of luck. Look up Thomas McLaughlin on google and see what we went through.
Darren Sanderson

Cabot, AR

#21 Oct 16, 2010
I applaud this young spirit for standing up for what she believes is right. I'm proud that her parents support her.

Darren Sanderson,
Austin AR

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