Michelle Ramirez was pulled out of class at North Kirkwood Middle School in Kirkwood, Mo., on Wednesday for wearing a T-shirt that read, “JESUS, HE SCARES THE HELL OUT OF YOU.”
Administrators claimed that under the Kirkwood dress code policy, the use of the word “hell” was inappropriate and vulgar, according to the principal and school district officer Ginger Fletcher.
Reported by FOX 2 news, Fletcher stated, “Outside the school environment, it might be fine. Anything within the school that… might create a disruption in the school, we’ll ask the student to modify the garment.”
Okay. So the exact same thing that was going on back when I was 12. Except that Fox News didn't report on anyone's Voivod shirt.
While the school considered the use of “hell” a “slang” word that might be offensive to other students, Ramirez and her family all stood by the belief that the word hell denotes a place, not a slang.
“I don’t think it’s a slang word because it’s all capitalized, and even though the ‘HELL’ is a different color, it still means the same thing: That he does scare the hell out of you, that you’re not letting the devil in,” responded Ramirez, who received the shirt from her youth group that specializes in extreme messages to promote their beliefs.
“To us, hell is a place… It’s not… She’s not using it as a slang. So if she’s not using it as a slang, then the shirt should be okay,” commented her mother, Christina Ramirez. [emphasis mine]
Oh, c'mon. So the shirt deliberately seeks to take advantage of "hell" having a few different meanings, one of them somewhat obscene, in order to draw attention, but drawing attention was not the point and she should be allowed to draw attention with questionable language even though everyones else does not have that right.
I'd say to grow up, but her parents have decided that HELL is a religious symbol.
“It’s federal law that you cannot ask a student to remove an emblem, insignia, or garment including a religious emblem,” the Christina Ramirez further explained to FOX.
Honestly. That's just . . . I expect a 12 year old to come up with that sort of logic, but her mother?
And then they decided that HELL is not a protected religious symbol.
Though Ramirez and her family felt a double standard in the school’s position, where other classmates wore shirts with gang insinuations – one shirt even reading, “We kick balls” – she stated that she would not wear the shirt to school again after she and her father read a passage in the Bible on Thursday that said Jesus respected the law of the land.
Aw, poor little speshul snowflakes.