On December 10, seventh-grader Colton Southern was told his Star Wars shirt was banned and needed to be covered up because it contained a photo of a Stormtrooper’s “gun, or at least a picture of what in the movie is [a] weapon.”
ABC 13 reports that the incident occurred at George Junior High School, which is part of the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD). An LCISD spokesperson stood by the decision, saying the dress code prohibits “symbols oriented toward violence.”
Colton’s father, Joe Southern, said the episode illustrates “political correctness run amok.” He added, “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.”
Joe Southern said his son is “a Boy Scout, active in church, [and] volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park. There’s not a violent bone in his body. He’s just an excited kid for the movie.”
School administrators suggested they could have done more to Colton than simply ban the shirt, that “they could have required him to change or assigned him in-school suspension.”
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