Marines T-Shirt Ban: Illinois School Responds

A controversial Marines t-shirt ban in school has ruffled blogosphere feathers after parents of the student raised a ruckus, but the school has responded to the controversy after the dispute made national headlines and affirms the district fully supports the troops.

The Marines t-shirt ban was heavily reported as anti-US forces after parents of 14-year-old Michael McIntyre interpreted a ban on the garment as a negative judgment on Marines or public support of them.

The internet outrage machine quickly spun into a rage over the Marines t-shirt ban as the reasoning — that the shirt showed two interlocking rifles — seemed to be lost in the noise over a request deemed unfriendly to US armed forces.

Dad Daniel McIntyre, 44, complained to news outlets that his son’s Marines t-shirt ban was unfair, saying that, despite the restricted by dress code imagery, an exception should be made for the top. He said:

“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.”

While many would say of the Marines t-shirt ban that rules are rules and everyone should be subject to the same ones, McIntyre wanted an exception for his boy, adding:

“This is not right … This policy that they have in place can obviously be loosely interpreted, so they need to change it.”

It would seem the outcry worked. In a statement, the district of Genoa-Kingston said:

“The administration and school handbook agree that this shirt is not a violation of the dress code. We also take school safety very earnestly and it needs to be recognized that is a topic that we also take very seriously and support our students and staff in providing a safe environment to learn, teach and work in on a daily basis.”

Do you think the Marines t-shirt ban was reasonable, or was it unfair?