US Marines shirt removed over Illinois school dress code

US Marines Shirt: Illinois Student Asked To Remove It Over Dress Code

An Illinois student was asked to remove his US Marines shirt, after which his father wants the school to update its dress code.

The student was asked to remove the US Marines shirt, which features two rifles crossing in front of the word “Marines,” or risk suspension.

Daniel McIntyre, 44, said that his 14-year-old son, Michael, was told to remove the shirt during eighth-grade reading class. Karen Deverell, Michael’s teacher from Genoa-Kingston Middle School, cited the school’s dress code on Monday, stating the rifles on his shirt were a problematic image.

According to Fox News, Daniel McIntyre commented on his son’s shirt:

“My son is very proud of the Marines, and, in fact, of all the services. So he wears it with pride. There are two rifles crossed underneath the word ‘Marines’ on the shirt, but to me that should be overlooked. It’s more about the Marines instead of the rifles.”

Daniel McIntyre adds that Michael has worn the shirt to school several times before without incident, and the need to turn it inside out or remove it was just uncalled-for. His son’s feelings were hurt.

Genoa-Kingston Middle School principal Brett McPherson requested comment from Superintendent Joe Burgess. Burgess reiterated that the US Marines shirt does not violate the district’s dress code.

Burgess added:

“We’ve been accused of a lot of things, but our middle school is well-known for its support of the armed forces. That’s why this is so disheartening to all of us.”

How do you feel about the Illinois student needing to remove his US Marines shirt over a supposed dress code violation?