A 7th grade school student has been banned from wearing his Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-shirt at his US school. Colton Southern was told by faculty at George Junior High School in Rosenberg, Texas that he was not permitted to have the graphic on the front of his Star Wars T-shirt exposed at school as the Stormtrooper on the front is carrying a gun (or, in Star Wars parlance, a blaster), the boy’s father revealed to abc13 News.
“It’s political correctness run amok. 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,” said Joe Southern, Colton’s father. “He’s a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park. There’s not a violent bone in his body. He’s just an excited kid for the movie.”
According to a spokesperson from the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, which is the jurisdiction George Junior High School falls within, the LCISD secondary school handbook lists “symbols oriented toward violence” as a violation of its dress code. The administrators add that Southern was not reprimanded, and was only advised to zip up his jacket.