Instead of a rebel flag or a religious symbol, this teen was sent home for a t-shirt that read “Nobody knows I’m a lesbian”–and now she’s the offended one.
Briana Popour, an openly lesbian senior at Chesnee High School in Chesnee, S.C., said she was told by school officials, “You need to change your shirt or go home,” according to a WSPA-TV news report.
According to Popour, this isn’t the first time she’s worn the shirt to school. “I’ve worn this shirt before and nobody’s ever said anything,” she said.
Popour told the news station that she was pulled from her classroom and sent to the office, then told her shirt was “disruptive.”
When reporters tried to contact school district administrators, they received an email reply saying that the shirt was “offensive and distracting,” with a link to the dress code policy. The policy states that “Attire must not be immodest, obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent or offensive.”
The student said that when she told a school official that clothing displaying sexual orientation is not against the dress code handbook, she was told “well, not everything is in the handbook.”
And she’s offended, claiming the administrator is biased against gay and lesbian students. “He does not like people in his school wearing anything that says anything about lesbians, gays, or bisexuals,” Popour said.
“Isn’t that what school is supposed to teach you? To be happy with who you are?” she asked.
Funny, most kids are raised to believe that schools are supposed to teach things like reading, history and math.