"Duck Dynasty's" popularity has reached a fever pitch. And now the show, which has brought in ratings galore for A&E, is inadvertently at the center of a dispute in Dinwiddie, Va.
A frustrated mother claims her son was recently chastised by officials for wearing to school a t-shirt that features one of the show's main characters, Si Robertson.
Edna-Jo Spain and her son Hunter appear with the shirt that got the teenager in trouble at school (Photo Credit: WWBT-TV)
What was apparently so offensive about the article clothing that it led administrators at Dinwiddie High School to ask the teen to remove it?
It shows Uncle Si clenching his fist and includes text that reads, "I will hurt you physically and metaphysically."
Edna-Jo Spain claims that her son, Hunter, was given a choice: Wear the t-shirt inside out or go home, reports WWBT-TV. Not wanting to look silly by wearing it such an odd manner, the young man simply decided to put on a different shirt.
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While the line, without context, might seem somewhat violent, Spain explained that those who watch "Duck Dynasty" know that Si is goofy and that he's known "for his little funny slogans." The school had a very different view, though, reportedly telling Hunter that the shirt was threatening to other students.
"For this to be considered as a threat to the school, I couldn't understand it," she told WWBT-TV.
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In an e-mail to WWBT-TV, Dinwiddie County Public Schools Superintendent David Clark explained the district's take on the matter -- and seemingly defended the decision.
"If you are a Duck Dynasty fan you understand the meaning of the shirt, but if you haven't watched Duck Dynasty you may question if the shirt implies violence," he said. "As a school division, we would like to keep our slogans on student shirts as non-violent as possible."
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