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Update: School district apologizes to student over NRA T-shirt

posted at 7:25 am on October 4, 2013 by

Give the Orange Unified School District credit for common sense and quick action. Late yesterday, as the story of Canyon High School’s demand that a student stop wearing an NRA T-shirt made national news, the superintendent apologized to Haley Bullwinkle and told the school to back off. The NRA sent this announcement out:

Haley Bullwinkle, the sophomore at Canyon High School in Orange County, California, and her parents have received an unconditional apology from Michael Christensen, the Superintendent of Schools, Orange County Unified School District, for the school’s indefensible actions after attorneys from the National Rifle Association contacted the school district.  Ms. Christensen was ordered to change her NRA shirt by a school staff member and was referred to the school counseling office by a security officer after her t-shirt was deemed to depict violence.  The full text of the memo from the school district received via email is below:Sent on behalf of Michael L. Christensen, Superintendent of Schools, Orange Unified School District:

Response to Canyon High School NRA Shirt Incident

Canyon High School has a policy prohibiting clothing depicting or promoting violence.  In this incident, a student was referred to the counseling office by a security officer because she was wearing a shirt with a logo that included a rifle.  The student was instructed by a staff member to change her shirt and was provided another shirt to wear.The parents contacted the principal a week after the incident to express concern.  At that time, the principal was unaware of the incident and provided an initial response regarding the school policy on clothing that depicts violence.  After reviewing pictures of the shirt, the principal determined that the shirt logo does not promote violence.

The family was contacted and advised that wearing the shirt was not contrary to the school dress code policy and the student will be permitted to wear the shirt.  The student and family received an apology and assurance that training will be provided to staff so an incident like this does not occur again.

I figure more people will see the update here in the Green Room.

Update: The proper name for the district is Orange Unified School District. I’ve fixed my reference, but not the one in the NRA announcement, as I’m quoting it.

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It’s actually the “Orange Unified School District.”

At least they apologized.

But notice how they say “reported a week later.” As if to suggest that it wasn’t that big a deal at the time.

As for the principal writing the parent without SUPPOSEDLY knowing anything about the incident, give me a break. If she responded so flippantly to the serious email without knowing the facts, then shame on her. Her response was like two sentences.

And how could she not know what’s happening at her school? Pathetic.

bluegill on October 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

By the way, Anaheim Hills is an upscale area and is very Republican. This is not the Anaheim you think of when you think of Disneyland and Harbor Blvd. This is Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Lemon Heights. The community would not put up with this nonsense for a second. The superintendent needed to act quick.

bluegill on October 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Government schools, ladies & gentlemen.

OhioCoastie on October 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

By the way, Anaheim Hills is an upscale area and is very Republican. This is not the Anaheim you think of when you think of Disneyland and Harbor Blvd. This is Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Lemon Heights. The community would not put up with this nonsense for a second. The superintendent needed to act quick.

bluegill on October 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I can confirm that — have friends who live there, and I used to work there about 25 years ago. Very upscale.

Ed Morrissey on October 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

The student and family received an apology and assurance that training will be provided to staff so an incident like this does not occur again.


What a weasel, blaming “staff” for her own inadequacy. “Staff” was probably carrying out principal’s instructions anyway. Yeah, being principal is a big job; be big enough to do it and don’t simper and whine about “staff.”

ExpressoBold on October 4, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Haley Bullwinkle

California:

Rocky: Bullwinkle, it says here that for you to inherit the fortune, you have to spend the weekend in the ancestral home, Abominable Manor.

Bullwinkle: That’s no problem. I’ve been living in an abominable manner all my life.

mankai on October 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

We don’t know how to fight.
What they should do is have the NRA come in and give gun safety lessons to the whole school including teachers.

GardenGnome on October 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

We don’t know how to fight.
What they should do is have the NRA come in and give gun safety lessons to the whole school including teachers.

GardenGnome on October 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM

If the leftists did this to us, it would be called “sensitivity training”.

blammm on October 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

If the leftists did this to us, it would be called “sensitivity training”.

blammm on October 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

On the Right, “sensitivity training” is referring to the trigger.

mankai on October 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Give the Orange County Unified School District credit for common sense and quick action.

Yes, because it only took a week of national bad press before someone finally realized “We’ve gotta protect our phony baloney jobs!”.

Sorely lacking in both common sense and quick action in my book.

I figure more people will see the update here in the Green Room.

Huh, Ed? Than where? Than if you wrote it in chalk on you back steps? Why not an entry on the main page if the idea is for the most people to see it?

whatcat on October 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

okay i have a tiny bit more hope in humanity now i guess… =)

Sachiko on October 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Huh, Ed? Than where? Than if you wrote it in chalk on you back steps? Why not an entry on the main page if the idea is for the most people to see it?

whatcat on October 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Because all this right-winger gun-toting stuff is grating on Ed’s GOPe nerves.

Nutstuyu on October 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Huh, Ed? Than where? Than if you wrote it in chalk on you back steps? Why not an entry on the main page if the idea is for the most people to see it?

whatcat on October 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Because all this right-winger gun-toting stuff is grating on Ed’s GOPe nerves.

Nutstuyu on October 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

If either of you bothered to click the links, you’d see that I wrote about the story on the main blog yesterday. It’s still on there, in fact. But posting this as only an update to an older blog post would mean that most people would have missed it, and this wasn’t enough to put up as a post of its own. Also, it rides higher and longer in the Green Room.

That’s what the word “Update” in the post title means, by the way.

Ed Morrissey on October 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Ed – I think the troops are a little restless.

And while we realize stuff happens, for too long that has been the argument from the leftists of the world is that we are mean spirited racist, sexist, homophobes who want to shoot all the baby seals with assault rifles. So they aren’t in a mood to look the other way on a principal who maybe really didn’t know all the details before it became a big deal. Or the blog.

At this point they aren’t interested in giving anyone a pass because they feel like that is all they have done. Obama thinks he is winning the shutdown. But he isn’t, because while he can no doubt point to polling numbers, what I feel he is doing is motiviating more people who have been more or less uninterested in politics. They are getting angry.

Zomcon JEM on October 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Zomcon JEM on October 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I don’t blame people for getting angry. But before they comment on what we don’t do on the blog, maybe they should read the blog first, especially when the link is right there and the post is still up on the main page. That way they don’t look foolish and angry at the same time.

Ed Morrissey on October 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

I have been saying in each post “Sue the Bastids!” This is why. We have to make them more afraid to tackle the NRA and our Second Amendment rights than they are willing to impose their left wing agenda. The fact that this was backed off of so quickly in California no less is because they KNEW they would not win and it had already gone viral on Social Media. They are beginning to get it – we will Alinsky you if you try to mess with our Second Amendment rights and we will do it over the least little thing. That is the only message these leftists will ever understand.

cdtaxlady on October 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

That way they don’t look foolish and angry at the same time.

I find that’s more efficient than looking foolish at one time and angry at a different time. It’s all about multitasking.

The Monster on October 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Sounds like my 2016 Dream Team.

jmad on October 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

All’s well that ends well, but frankly I’m tired of these tedious tee shirt kerfuffles. Uniforms would end these endless rows, but at the very least tee shirts with logos of any kind should not be permitted at school.

Buy Danish on October 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM