Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 20, 2013
A Virginia high school seemingly wasn’t very “Happy Happy Happy” with one of its students’ wardrobe choices.
Hunter Spain, a high schooler at Dinwiddie High School in Dinwiddie, Va., was asked to remove his “Duck Dynasty” t-shirt because the school thought other kids would be threatened by its message.
“For this to be considered as a threat to the school,” Edna-Jo Spain told NBC Richmond. “I couldn’t understand it.”
Spain’s shirt featured an image of Si Robertson, the brother of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson, clenching a fist. The shirt also features a phrase Si says on the show, “I will hurt you physically and metaphysically.”
“Anybody that ever watches Duck Dynasty knows that Si Robertson is famous for his little funny slogans,” Edna-Jo added.
Hunter, who meant no harm by wearing the shirt, was given the choice of turning his shirt inside-out or going home, and ultimately chose the latter.
“I’m not going to look stupid in front of all of these young ladies in the school,” Hunter told NBC Richmond. “So, I decided to get a different t-shirt.”
David Clark, the Dinwiddie School District superintendent, told NBC Richmond that Spain’s shirt could be misconstrued as having a violent message to those not familiar with the A&E show about the quirky backwoods Louisiana millionaires and their duck caller business.
“If you are a ‘Duck Dynasty’ fan you understand the meaning of the shirt,” said Clark. “But if you haven’t watched ‘Duck Dynasty’ you may question if the shirt implies violence. As a school division, we would like to keep our slogans on student shirts as non-violent as possible.”
Edna-Jo explained how the shirt had been given to Hunter by his grandmother – “a lady who would not even buy my daughter ripped up jeans to wear to school” – and that the family is so obsessed with the show they’re planning to go on the “Duck Dynasty” cruise next summer.
Earlier this year a West Virginia student was arrested for refusing to take off the National Rifle Association t-shirthe wore to school. Last year, a Philadelphia student was also taunted by her teacher for wearing a Romney-Ryan t-shirt to school.