(No, that’s not the shirt!) Ilinois high school senior David Clark will have to think twice, though he’s worn the shirt before, without incident. But not this time. So what did it say? “I [heart] My Wiener” with a picture of a dachsund under it. See, David’s dachsund was hit by a car and killed a few months back. The shirt is David’s way of honoring his dog.
Unfortunately, Principal Wes Choate didn’t see it that way. He gave David 3 choices: change shirts, turn it inside out, or leave. When faced with these stupid choices, David made the best one: he left – even though it meant getting a zero in each class. David Sr. makes a good point about the arbitrary dress code, which prohibits
students from wearing any clothing that is disrupting to the educational process, interferes with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate or compromises reasonable standards of health, safety and decency.
Here’s what David Sr. has to say about the enforcement of the dress code:
They make the rules up as they go. It depends on what mood they are in that day. If you can’t wear that [his son's] shirt, you shouldn’t be able to wear one that says ‘Coke.’”
Right on, Clarks. Principal Choate, lighten up. For more on this story, including a picture of David with the wiener dog shirt on, click here.