A Kentucky middle school has changed its dress code after a student was sent to the office for wearing a “Support Our Troops” T-shirt, a spokeswoman told TheBlaze.
That school would be Mahaffey Middle School, which is actually located on the Fort Campbell Army base.
Student Cejai Taylor told Nashville Fox affiliate WZTV she wore the T-shirt right after her dad, Sgt. James Taylor, was sent on his sixth deployment overseas. Mahaffey requires all students to wear collared shirts, but has dress-down days once a month where they can wear jeans and school-approved shirts. The “Support Our Troops” shirt was not approved, and a teacher saw Taylor wearing it and told her to go to the office.
Her mother, Cassandra Taylor, said she chose to pick her daughter up from school instead of making her change her clothes.
“I’m not going to make her change, she’s standing her ground and as her mother and as a military wife I support my child,” Cassandra Taylor said. “It’s a military school on a military base.”
Cindy Gibson, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense education system, told TheBlaze on Wednesday that “patriotic T-shirts” will now be permitted on dress-down days.
“We’ve incorporated patriotic T-shirts [into the dress code]”, Gibson said.
Gibson said the principal will be sending a letter home to parents on Thursday detailing the policy change.
Cejai Taylor told WZTV she has spoken with her father since the initial T-shirt flap.
“He says he’s very proud of me for standing up for what I believe in, and he can’t wait to see me,” she said.