Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The T-Shirt and the Principal

Another T-shirt, another to-do.


If you follow this site, you know I've written before about the fusses T-shirts have caused.  The fight for and against gay rights takes place partly in cotton/poly blends.

But if what a high school student claims is true, this time a pro-gay shirt acted as a red flag to a bull.  Or a bully.

Chris Sigler of Madisonville, Tenn., wants a gay-straight alliance at his Sequoyah High School. reported that last week Sigler wore a homemade T-shirt to school that read "Gay Straight Alliance:  We've Got Your Back."

The boy might have a future as a T-shirt scribe.

Sigler was told to cover the shirt that day, but a few days later he wore it again.

He must've known that defying school authorities, even in a good cause, will earn you grief, but I don't imagine he expected the principal's nostrils to issue steam.

Principal Maurice Moser appeared in Sigler's economics class in the middle of a test.  He ordered all the other students to leave the room, which must've delighted any who were in the process of botching the exam.

Sigler's sister Jessica refused the order, and brother and sister both said that Moser grabbed Chris by the arm, shoved him against the wall, chest-bumped him a number of times and asked, "Who's the big man now?"

Anger issues?  Acute homophobia?  Latent homosexuality?  Arrested emotional development?  Such a stew of possibilities.

Sigler's mother arrived and found the principal leaning over Chris and shouting in his face.  Moser told the student to leave the school for the rest of the day.  So much for the economics test.

Appropriately, the family filed a police report, and the ACLU is now involved.

“All I want is to have a GSA at my school to help stop the bullying against gays and lesbians and their friends who support them,” Sigler said in an ACLU statement. “The shirt was a way to use my voice and show my support for the club. The way I was treated shows even more why we need a GSA here."

True that.  With a fellow like Moser in charge, the students of Sequoyah High School might need a self-defense club as well.