Student Wearing Lesbian T-Shirt Stirs Controversy At High School
LYNN, Mass. (CBS Connecticut) — Controversy has erupted at a Massachusetts high school after a female student was reprimanded for wearing an “All the cool girls are lesbians” t-shirt.
The matter was brought up during a school committee meeting last week about the January incident at the Lynn English High School when one of the vice principals asked the girl to cover up her shirt.
“I don’t think the school had the authority to cover it up,” Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy said at the meeting, according to The Daily Item.
Kennedy, who also serves as the school’s committee chairman, received a letter from the student stating her side of the story, saying she sees many girls wearing “I love boys” shirts.
According to The Daily Item, the girl was sitting at lunch when a teacher told her to show the vice principal her shirt. The girl stated in the letter that she was told the shirt was inappropriate “because it’s political and offensive to some people,” the paper reports.
Other school committee members did find the shirt offensive.
“My only issue was that it said, ‘All the cool kids are this,’ and I would have had the exact same problem if it had said, ‘All the cool kids are straight,’” Richard Starbard, Lynn school committee member, told WHDH-TV.
English Principal Thomas Strangie told the Item that the school was not “trying to discriminate” against the girl.
“We want everyone to feel safe and secure, and we don’t allow anyone to wear anything disruptive,” he told the paper.
WHDH reports that the ACLU has thrown its support behind the girl.