Skip to comments.Victory: NY School Reverses Suspension for Student Wearing NRA Shirt
Posted on 04/24/2014 10:45:44 AM PDT by neverdem
It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo.
Shane Kinney, a sophomore at Grand Island High School, was ordered to report to the principal's office last month when a teacher spotted him wearing the "controversial" piece of clothing.
"They've yelled at me for wearing it before because it has a gun on it and I had to duct tape it," says Kinney. Administrators suggested he turn the shirt inside out or find another shirt. He refused, saying there was nothing wrong with it, adding the NRA has done great things for the country.
Parents and gun rights advocates protested the school's intolerant move, and now it seems their efforts have paid off - the district is retracting the suspension. Activist Rus Thompson, who led protests against the school district, posted some insight about the administration's change of heart on his Facebook page after attending Tuesday's board of education meeting:
Victory on Grand Island! Mission accomplished! The Superintendent read a great statement, she admitted they were wrong in the suspension. The suspension has been expunged from Shane's school records. They returned his pocket tool and have stopped the 30 year practice of turning T-shirts inside out. She respects the 2nd Amendment, the 1st Amendment, and is the daughter of a veteran, her daughter shoots on a team. I started the applause after she was finished.
I wish I was in that meeting so I could clap along with him. Good for Grand Island for recognizing that Kinney's T-shirt was harmless and for ultimately ruling in free speech's favor.
It's a small victory in a state that has introduced some of the most anti-gun legislation in the country, but it's a victory nonetheless.
Who's in the pic? Who gets the creit for it?
An apology is not enough. Heads need to roll, starting with the abusive teacher, followed by the administrators. Sue them first - as individual defendants, not the school - then have them fired.
I couldn't disagree more. This is like applauding a thief who's been forced to return some of your stolen good. Tar and feather them instead.
I would call this a “First Amendment victory,” not a Second Amendment victory. The real Second Amendment victory will come when a kid sues a school for suspending him for driving to school with his hunting rifle in the truck and the court siding with the kid.
Hate to be picky (well, I don't actually HATE it, but...) but this is a first amendment issue. If no one is allowed to wear logos or messages, no problem. But if a particular viewpoint is attacked while others stand, hello amendment #1!
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Contemporary acts of Liberal knee jerks.
The Torah teaches that one returns the goods plus 20% and the crime is forgiven. Christians are taught that when a person repents and completes restitution (in this case return of the goods and a written change in policy), it is to be celebrated. Are you a Christian?
Tar and feather them instead.
I guess not.
Some people have a problem humbly accepting a victory and moving on. They feel a need to rub the losers nose in it.
To the left is Dave McKinley the reporter I worked with to expose this story.
The guy in the middle is Shanes dad, a Vietnam Veteranto the right is Shanes mother.
I helped expose this whole story, I led the protests and made this go national. Don’t do this crap in my back yard. All 4 of my kids graduated from this school. Once they found out I was involved they instantly started back tracking. We packed the place with TEA Party, 2nd Amendment supporters and Oath Keepers.
I called it both in all my interviews.
I’m Rus Thompson
Good Job, Mr. Mayor!
Good Job, Rus!
Thanks for the ping!