Student asked to remove “Marines T-Shirt” over interlocking rifles

Fortunately in this case, the school isn’t backing up the Teacher who requested that the student remove the shirt because the ‘interlocking rifles’ were problematic. The Superintendent confirms the shirt is well within the dress code and says if the teacher had asked the principal’s opinion, he would have indicated the same.

Probably some liberal teacher overreacting to gun violence.


FOX NEWS – An Illinois father wants a school district to reconsider its dress code after his son was asked to remove a U.S. Marines T-shirt or be suspended, has learned.

Daniel McIntyre, 44, of Genoa, told that his 14-year-old son, Michael, was asked to remove the T-shirt by eighth-grade teacher Karen Deverell during reading class at Genoa-Kingston Middle School on Monday. Deverell, citing the school’s dress code, said the garment’s interlocking rifles was problematic and had to be removed from sight, McIntyre said.

“My son is very proud of the Marines, and, in fact, of all the services,” McIntyre said. “So he wears it with pride. There are two rifles crossed underneath the word ‘Marines’ on the shirt, but to me that should be overlooked. It’s more about the Marines instead of the rifles.”

McIntyre said his son was initially threatened with suspension before complying with Deverell’s request to turn it inside out. He has worn the T-shirt to school many times before without incident, McIntyre said.

“He was upset, he couldn’t understand it,” he continued. “He couldn’t understand why a teacher would make him do that.”

Brett McPherson, the school’s principal, referred questions to Genoa-Kingston Superintendent Joe Burgess, who reiterated that the shirt is not in violation of the district’s dress policy.

“We’ve been accused of a lot of things, but our middle school is well-known for its support of the armed forces,” Burgess told “That’s why this is so disheartening to all of us.”

Deverell did not inform school officials of the incident, Burgess said, adding that McPherson would have quickly determined the shirt to be a non-issue if consulted.

“Nobody took the next step of asking the principal or making them aware of it,” Burgess said. “The teacher is obviously allowed to question anything they feel might be a violation of dress code, but again, had an administrator been allowed to respond, this could have been taken care of yesterday.”


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  • Thanks Scoop for the update. This made me (still does) furious last night. Teacher ought to be fired for being a moron.

    • OneThinDime

      Well ya know the union will go after the Superintendent for not taking the teacher’s side. Unbelievable. Time for this unionbot to be drafted and chat face to face with Marines.

      • ” Time for this unionbot to be drafted and chat face to face with Marines.” OoOOh yeah! I’d like this teacher and our MiketheMarine to have a nice face to face chat. 😀

    • johnfromjersey

      Moron, democrat, potato pototo.

    • CitizenVetUSA

      The teacher adopted this line of thought most likely from a liberal university professor.

  • Rshill7

    If McIntyre Jr. would care to correspond with me at BR 549…I’ll learn him how to say kiss my ass faster’n you can pop a pork rind.

    Make sure it’s OK with Dad though.

  • freenca

    It’s all about that zero tolerance thing. Zero for anything the teacher disagrees with, zero for anyone but zero, zero for the armed defenders of this country and their very freedom to be intolerant. You get the idea.

  • 57thunderbird

    America is sinking like the Titanic and all we can do is watch it.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Bleeding heart liberals. I’d love to see this touchy-feely teacher suspended instead. This crap is going way over the top and morons like her don’t need to be in front of our children.

    Better yet, send a disabled Marine vet over to her class to give a talk about patriotism and how he gave his all for this country and the freedoms we enjoy.

    To loosely quote from the movie A Few Good Men: “I’d like to see her pick up a rifle and stand to post… and I sure don’t give a darn what she thinks she’s entitled to do in her classroom to our kids!”

    • Reminded me of this Sober_Brother…

      Well said.

      • Sober_Thinking

        Absolutely made my point… brilliant.

        Hugs to you. 🙂

    • Suspension of the teacher is not nearly enough. The teacher, administrator and everyone on up the food chain in this school district needs to be named in a civil rights lawsuit for violation of the first amendmen. It is time for this PCBS to stop. The only way to get these kind of peoples attention is when it hits them dearly in the wallet

      • Sober_Thinking

        Good point – I agree.

  • DCGere

    The paranoia against guns has reached an absurd level.

  • armyvet10

    The teacher, whom ever this person may be, needs to explain as to why this t-shirt warranted removal or being turned inside out. For me the liberals of this country who are eager to teach our children that all types of life styles are to be tolerated, that abortion is a completely acceptable form of birth control, that legalizing marijuana is past due, but never want to show the images of these issues, have some explaining to do.

    Liberals never want the image of aborted children shown in class, yet have no problem handing out condoms PROMOTING promiscuity.

    Liberals never want to see the horrible pictures of defenseless civilians destroyed by Hitler, after Hitler confiscated all their weapons, but have no problem parading the names of the children destroyed at Sandy Hook Elementary.

    Liberals never want our youth to see the masses of people addicted to harsh drugs who have testified as to how marijuana was how they got started, but ask our kids to write persuasive papers on legalizing marijuana.

    Liberals have no problem teaching the THEORY of evolution, but shudder to teach creationism.

    The fact is that this teacher and all liberals will never show the entire story, but try and keep the light only on what liberals want you to see. It is like they are magicians; they hope you keep watching one hand, while the other betrays us.

  • sickandtired

    I appreciate that the principal showed some common sense.

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous!

  • But if it was a T-shirt with that murderous pig Che Guevara on it, the teacher would have applauded the kid for being a “hero.” As Rush says, “Don’t doubt me on this.” Clearly the teacher wasn’t a veteran, either. I wonder if any veterans even ARE public school teachers? I wonder how many, if any.

    • oregonproud

      There are a few, but not a lot. I gave it a try and became a HS special ed teacher after retiring from the military. At the time, (2000) the states were pleading for us. Once in the system, it took me only 3 years to hit my gag threshold. Never looked back. This educational system is populated with truly insane individuals. The kids don’t have a chance, but I’m not going to jail for hurting some of them. T Not the kids, grin!!

  • edsmanedup

    You are painfully right…

  • edsmanedup

    Its upside down…

  • So if a Gunnery Sergent walked in that school this dumb slut would ask him to leave, what a dumb bunch of prick’es

  • stage9

    If it was a picture of interlocking homosexuals that would’ve been acceptable in the modern school system. M-16’s, not so much.

    I remember when I used to wear a t-shirt that read “Rock n Roll” with a picture of an M4 on it to school. No word from the principal. I guess because it wasn’t “interlocking”.

  • louisiana_mom

    Not only do Progressive think guns jump up and fire by themselves, apparently, they think images of guns will fire by themselves also… These people truly live in an alternate reality!

  • tinlizzieowner

    If an Army soldier/father in uniform, had come to school to surprise his son, she would have probably made him remove his Combat Infantry Badge.