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School Officials Make Boy Scout Cover Up His Star Wars T-Shirt

A fictional weapon wielded by an imaginary soldier runs afoul of a ban on "symbols oriented toward violence."

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In 2013 officials at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, California, were offended by an NRA T-shirt that included a photograph of a hunter holding a rifle. They said it violated a ban on clothing that "promotes or depicts" violence. Last fall the principal and vice principal of Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham, Oregon, took a similar view of a troop-supporting T-shirt that included a drawing of a rifle next to the slogan "Standing for Those Who Stood for Us." Last week, moving even further away from actual weapons, officials at George Junior High School in Rosenberg, Texas, made a seventh-grader cover up his Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-shirt because it depicted an Imperial Stormtrooper holding a blaster rifle, which in their view violated a rule against "symbols oriented toward violence."

KTRK, the ABC station in Houston, reports that seventh-grader Colton Southern had worn the shirt to school several times without objection before attracting the attention of censorious administrators last Thursday. Attempting an explanation, The Washington Post notes that "the incident comes at a time when schools across the country are on high alert because of a spate of mass shootings." The Post neglects to point out that none of those shootings involved blaster rifles, which do not actually exist.

"Administrators say they did not reprimand the student, though they could have required him to change or assigned him in-school suspension," KTRK reports. They only made him zip up his jacket so no one could see the offending image.

"It's political correctness run amok," Colton's father, Joe Southern, 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." Southern added that his son is not exactly a troublemaker: "He's a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park. There's not a violent bone in his body. He's just an excited kid for the movie."

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  1. He’s just an excited kid for the movie

    AND WE MUST CRUSH ALL SUCH WRONGTHINK!

    /School Admin

  2. The Texas part of this is the real kicker. I mean, that’s about as gun-friendly a state as there is.

    1. Bureaucratic dipshittery knows no geographical bounds, especially in the education system.

      1. I could sing a few verses of this tune. My kids’ ISD bans homemade baked goodies on birthdays and bake sales, and they’re quite open about the reason being we parents are all considered mass poisoners until proven different.

        Skulls and the words ‘Call of Duty’ are forbidden violent imagery here.

        1. Just curious, Hamster — What does the ISD do for skulls in whatever goes as anatomy class?

          1. I expect educational skulls are of course not as violent an image as a skull on a tee shirt.

            Quite possibly, they just stopped teaching anatomy.

    2. Is it? There were “don’t bring your guns in here” signs everywhere. I’ve never seen a sign like that in Floriduh.

  3. He’s a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park

    Soooo, he’s a member of a paramilitary youth group, is very religious, and he and his comrades frequently go out into the woods on maneuvers?!?

    Your kid is clearly one pipe-bomb and RC truck away from a massacre buddy!

  4. Zero tolerance = zero work for the ‘adults’.- Don’t think ,do.

    1. Zero tolerance=zero RISK for the “adults”. Bureaucrats are trained to NEVER accept responsibility for making a decision. Doing so puts their careers and their institution in jeopardy.

  5. Attempting an explanation, The Washington Post notes that “the incident comes at a time when schools across the country are on high alert because of a spate of mass shootings.” The Post neglects to point out that none of those shootings involved blaster rifles, which do not actually exist.

    “Cool blaster rifle, Colton.”

    1. “No blasters!”

      /barkeeper

    2. A clumsy weapon for a less civilized age.

  6. Oh, FFS!

    They had jolly well better ban any T-shirt with an image of Canyon High School, *clearly* clothing that “promotes or depicts” violence.

    1. * Canyon High School, George Junior High School, Dexter McCarty Middle School, or any of the spate of schools whose administrations exhibit such brain-deadness *

      *** gets coffee ***

    2. Better get rid of those football and wrestling T-shirts too.

  7. Attempting an explanation, The Washington Post notes that “the incident comes at a time when schools across the country are on high alert because of a spate of mass shootings.” The Post neglects to point out that none of those shootings involved blaster rifles, which do not actually exist.

    Now let’s really think about the implication of even raising that point as justification: even if blaster rifles really were a thing, how exactly does an artistic depiction of such result in school violence?

    Is the Post saying that the school has a valid reason to think simply looking at an image of a gun is going to infect students with evil impulses to kill?

    1. Is the Post saying that the school has a valid reason to think simply looking at an image of a gun is going to infect students with evil impulses to kill?

      No, I think it’s saying that the image on the shirt itself will start shooting the other students.

      1. Well, to be fair, it *is* Star Wars.

        1. So the force is woven into the fabric?

          1. Into the fabric of *society*!

            1. o/^

              The touch. The feel. Of violence…

              … THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES

              o/^

  8. I certainly hope that they will offer counseling for anyone who saw the shirt.

    1. Personally, I found the visage of an armored clone who’s sole purpose for existence is to use force and violence in order to exert the will of a select few at the top of a centralized authority more troubling than the inanimate object.

      1. But you could say the same about their School Resource Officer.

  9. And what happens if he refuses to comply? Actual violence.

    1. “We *told* you that shirt promoted violence!”

    2. Well, yeah. Noncompliance is an act of aggression on the same level as rape or murder. People get killed for that every day.

  10. Send him to the school nurse to measure his Midaclorians.

  11. “Stormtrooper holding a blaster rifle, which in their view violated a rule against “symbols oriented toward violence”

    Therefor pics of Obama with a phone should be verboten since he actually calls in drone kills with that phone. Or maybe pics of the White House since all sorts of killing has been directed from there. Or maybe DC for the same reason. But not Congress, they have been mute since 14-Sep-01.

  12. “Administrators say they did not reprimand the student, though they could have required him to change or assigned him in-school suspension,” KTRK reports. They only made him zip up his jacket so no one could see the offending image.

    Pray they don’t alter the deal further.

  13. This shirt got me a little attention from the school administration back in the day.

  14. We should actually encourage kids to wear that specific shirt because we know Imperial stormtroopers are the worst shots in the entire galaxy (no violence happens because they always fail to hit the main characters).

    1. Maybe this all started when the school resource officer got jealous that the stormtroopers were better shots than he was.

  15. At least it wasn’t a phased-plasma rifle in the 40-watt range.

  16. Jes Suis The Empire

  17. officials at George Junior High School in Rosenberg, Texas, made a seventh-grader cover up his Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-shirt because it depicted an Imperial Stormtrooper holding a blaster rifle

    You rebel scum!

  18. Things I’d like to see in these cases:

    Parents when commenting to the media: So and so needs to resign as they have demonstrated that they lack sufficient intelligence to be in charge of educating children.

    Parents intentionally send the kid to school with similar garments.

    Fellow students as a show of support wear similar garments.

  19. You know what else Boy Scouts do? They shoot actual, real, deadly guns. It’s probably best that they be segregated into their own classes. That way, other students do not have to endure the microagression of sitting next to someone who has touched a gun.

    1. And they even sometimes go to NRA sponsored shooting ranges to complete merit badges! The Horror! Although going to that NRA event was highly educational as to the amount of care and effort to keep your gun in tip top shape, and has dissuaded me from having to large a collection, since the maintenance only seems to increase as the numbers go up.

  20. When will they ban the most violent inducing slogan, “gun free zone”?

  21. You actually kind of see this thinking in the Star Wars target commercials, where a bunch of unarmed stormtroopers are chasing around a bunch of kids

  22. More than a few “school officials” need to be sent back to school, the early grades thereof, for a lesson in remedial common sense.

  23. Strikes me that these “school officials” need, badly need, a longish exposure to the most basic course in common sense, which they obviously lack, or were never exposed to.

  24. Imprinting inanimate obje

  25. Imprinting that inanimate objects are evil on minds in their formative years, so that within two decades these future voters will wonder why the 2nd amendment ever existed. Uncommon sense going according to plan.

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