A Duck Dynasty T-Shirt was apparently considered too “threatening” for a Virginia high school.
The teen wearing the shirt was sent home to change because the slogan on it was reportedly considered by school administrators and teachers as a threat to other students at Dinwiddie, Va., High School.
The shirt, which was a gift from the student’s grandmother, depicted Ducky Dynasty‘s Si Robertson with a clenched fist and one of his folksy sayings: “I will hurt you physically and metaphysically.”
Duck Dynasty is the hit A&E reality show that follows the quirky Robertson family who operate the Duck Commander and Buck Commander companies in Louisiana.
Hunter Spain, the teen who was wearing the Duck Dynasty T-shirt in question, had the option of turning his shirt inside out. However, Spain declined. “I’m not going to look stupid in front of all of these young ladies in the school. So, I decided to get a different T-shirt,” he said.
“For this to be considered a threat to the school, I couldn’t understand it,” Hunter’s mom Edna-Jo said. Spain family members are big fans of the show and even plan to go on a Duck Dynasty cruise next summer.
In an email to the NBC News affiliate, the school superintendent provided this explanation: “If you are a Duck Dynasty fan you understand the meaning of the shirt. But if you haven’t watched Duck Dynasty you may question if the shirt implies violence. As a school division, we would like to keep our slogans on student shirts as non-violent as possible.”
According to CBS News, Duck Dynasty “has been a smash hit for A&E, as the Season 4 premiere became the number one nonfiction series telecast in cable history with 11.8 million viewers.”
In a somewhat related instance in France, a mom got into legal trouble for her preschooler’s 9/11 T-shirt.
Do you think the Dinwiddie school system overreacted about the teenager’s Duck Dynasty T-shirt?