A Dallas high school student named Jaegur was suspended on September 14. That day, an administrator had discovered something of Jaegur's that was in direct violation of the school's rules. What was it? A weapon of sorts? No. A fake gun or other prank? No. Baggy pants? I wish this rule would be enforced across the land but no, he never wore baggy pants. Then what? It was his T-shirt.
Guess what was on the shirt. Vulgar graphics or words? No. Anything hateful or rude? No. Something religious? No. Are you ready for this? Are you sitting down? Okay, I'll tell you... it was a picture of an eagle with the United States flag in the background! What?! What was he thinking? How offensive and disgraceful. Maybe he should have been expelled. What about criminal charges? Seriously, are you kidding me?! What is disgraceful and offensive is suspending a student for wearing a patriotic shirt. This is still America, isn't it? When the principal found out what had happened, he apologized to Jaegur and his mother.
A second-grader from Santa Clara, Utah, found himself in trouble this September, when he showed up with something at Arrowhead Elementary School. Kobe Sanden, 7, was kicked out of class, and his mother, Teyawwna Sanden, was called to pick up her son immediately. The school violation? The little Native American boy was wearing a mohawk hairstyle. That was all?! Yep! The school principal, Susan Harrah, told Teyawwna and her husband, Gary Sanden, that they would have to get Kobe a haircut before he could come back. Gary said that it was just a symbol of the boy's heritage. Of course - but no, the school would not listen. Kobe's mother was very upset and said, "No!"
When the school received a lot of backlash because of its insensitivity, school officials said the parents would have to prove that Kobe was an actual Native American. How offensive! Before Kobe could come back to school, the parents would also have to get a letter from the Seneca Nation in New York verifying that the mohawk haircut is of Native American heritage. Is this school completely out of touch?!
The Seneca Nation was all too eager to write a letter... "It's disappointing that your school does not view diversity in a positive manner, and it is our hope that Kobe does not suffer any discrimination by the school administration or faculty as a result of his haircut." Well said! The school "caved in" and allowed the mohawk. Being half Native American myself, I say, "Yay!"