NY High School Student Suspended for 2nd Amendment T-Shirt

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A New York high school student was suspended for wearing a NRA pro-Second Amendment t-shirt that he refused to turn inside out or cover up with duct tape.

The fairly innocuous t-shirt showed two crossed rifles on the back with the words “National Rifle Association” and “2nd Amendment shall not be Infringed” on the back, as shown in this picture, courtesy of the Kinney family.

Shane Kinney NRA T-Shirt

Shane Kinney was suspended for wearing this NRA t-shirt that he refused to turn inside out. Photo courtesy of the Kinney family.

Fox News reports:

Shane Kinney, a 16-year-old sophomore from Grand Island, located between Niagara Falls and Buffalo, said he served a one-day, in-school suspension Monday after he refused last Friday to turn his T-shirt inside out at the request of the vice principal at Grand Island High School. The shirt was emblazoned with the NRA logo and the words, “2nd Amendment Shall not be Infringed” across the back.

“Mr. Lauria [the vice principal] told me I had to either turn the shirt inside out or put duct tape over the words,” Shane Kinney told FoxNews.com. “I told them that I wasn’t going to do it. I had to sit in the suspension room and eat lunch alone until my father brought me a new shirt to school.”

Kinney, a card-carrying member of the NRA along with his parents, said he had worn the shirt to school before, along with others that were similar, and had been asked to put duct tape over the writing. He said he complied because he didn’t want to make waves.

Kinney, who is an avid hunter with a part-time job at the local gun club, says that he believes that he was asked to remove the shirt more for political beliefs than for inappropriateness.

“I’ve worn other shirts before with guns on them,” he said. “I was never asked to cover up. I think this happened because it was an NRA shirt.”

Guns were a big part of early American life. It was not uncommon for citizens to open carry just about everywhere they went.

Yet today, in our liberal-run public schools, even a t-shirt with a picture of a gun or a reference to the NRA is cause for punishment. What is this country coming to?

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