Really?! All it takes is a lousy t-shirt to make coming out easier for gay kids and for the rest of society to be accepting? Interesting. Psychotherapists must be quaking in their leather chairs!
The magnificent tree starts with a seedling.
I'm embarrassed for you.
No need to be embarassed for me. Save it for yourself.
My point is that these t-shirt at school issues crop up all the time. If schools would just institute policies requiring students to wear uniforms they wouldn't have these issues continually cropping up and the resultant nuisance law suits and disruption. Most of the schools where I live have uniforms and this issue rarely comes up.
Mr. Maverick is well within his rights to wear his t-shirt all he wants outside of school. But he must also be prepared to be barred entrance to places that may have dress codes - churches, restaurants, the courts, etc. Your profile says you are a professional. Well, I too am a professional and in all my years working I would never have been allowed to wear that or any other t-shirt to work. No time like the present for Mr. Maverik and other students to learn boundaries (something people really need to learn these days).
Also, I find it interesting that the event ("student-driven day of silence to raise awareness of bullying") isn't scheduled to take place until April 20th. Unless the school doesn't already have some sort of dress code policies in place, why would Mr. Maverick notify or seek permission of the school to wear the shirt? (Learn to read between the lines.) If he didn't think it would be an issue, why not just show up on April 20th with the shirt on? And if he did think it might be an issue, why not get as many fellow students as possible to show up with the same shirts on? They certainly wouldn't suspend 50, 75, or 100 students en masse. Talk about getting press.
It wouldn't surprise me if Mr. Maverick already had ties to Lambda Legal and this all wasn't a carefully orchestrated media/attention grabbing stunt to increase donations.
Also, it would be intersting to know, who among you would support another student's right to wear a shirt stating 'Sodomy is disgusting,' or 'Jesus hates sodomites,' or 'Fags are an abomination.'