Should Students Have Been Able to Wear Sandy Hook Shirts?

One school system says no.

Webster students were told to change out of their T-shirts that paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre last week, according to Fox 25.

One of the students, a first-grade boy, was wearing a shirt that read "Rest in peace, the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. And in the front is all the kids' names," his parent Tiffany Elliot told FOX 25.

Elliot told Fox 25 she talked to her son about the shooting and thought the best way to handle it was to have him show his support for the victims. But the school, said Elliot, disagreed, saying it wasn't their place to discuss the tragedy with students.

Instead, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Malkas told Fox 25, "... I don't feel it is the school's right to take that privilege of parenting away and supersede on their behalf."

Do you think the two students should have been allowed to wear their shirts in support of the Sandy Hook School victims? Tell us in the comments.


David Nolta December 21, 2012 at 02:10 AM
In fairness I must add that when I was that age, I had to wear a uniform, and I liked it. So much simpler all around.
UglyHat December 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
That’s not it at all Joe, but thanks for the vote of confidence. I might not be thrilled about you talking about to my kids about certain topics but in some cases there is not a lot I can do about it. And that’s my point. There are so many people and so many ways kids hear about things, that attempting to stifle conversation about something so big is irrational. I talk to my kids so I can make sure they understand things as I do. And so I can answer questions they may have. That way when they hear others talking, or see it on TV, or see a T-shirt, they have some understanding already.
Doug Melanson December 24, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Really Dan? Kids are already exposed to adult type themes in elementary school because of certain groups. I have young kids and they are way smarter than you give them credit. They know what is going on.
Doug Melanson December 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Kids are exposed to all sorts of things that I would want to wait until at least middle school... same sex marriage comes to mind. But because of the PC world we live in I had to explain it to my 8 year old. BUT I guess PC only matters when the school or teacher agrees with it. Kids are exposed to more adult things at an early age and I want my kids knowing what hapened was wrong and to suport the people if Newtown is a good thing. I took my kids to the candle light vigil on the common is that a bad thing?
Doug Melanson December 24, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Well said!!!


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