Watch out . . . school says this American flag t-shirt may be ‘gang-related’

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A California middle schooler was forced to turn his American flag t-shirt inside-out for fear that it may be perceived as being “gang-related.”

When Dustin Cole, 12, an honor student at Yuba Gardens Intermediate school in Olivehurst, arrived home last week, his mother, Lori Carpenter, asked him why the shirt she’d bought him was inside-out.

“He said he was ‘dress coded’ at school because the stars were gang related,” Carpenter said, local Fox 40 News reported Tuesday.

The honor student had never been in trouble before, and the very idea that the stars and stripes might be “gang related didn’t seem to make sense. But school officials thought that the red star that was also emblazoned on the shirt troublesome.

“Our local gang task force, they identify colors, they identify designs, they identify all of the things that we should be aware of,” Assistant Superintendent at Marysville Joint Unified School District, Ramiro Carreon told the station.

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In Cole’s case, the red star is associated with the Norteno gang.

“That design has been associated with gangs in the past, and we cannot just turn a blind eye to that,” Carreon said.

As far as the school’s concerned, the matter is over since Cole complied with the principal’s request to turn his shirt around. His parents aren’t so sure, however.

“I mean, they are trying to keep everybody safe. I understand, but it feels like it is a little too far. Especially when it is a patriotic shirt,” Carpenter said.

Watch the news clip, via Fox 40/

After the incident was reported on Fox News, people on social media thought the whole thing was ridiculous, and that the school had gone too far.


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