An eighth grader in Oregon was suspended from school due to a T-shirt that included a design of boots, a helmet, and a gun memorializing fallen soldiers.

According to the Washington Post, officials at Dexter McCarty Middle School asked eight grader Alan Holmes to change his shirt or face suspension. Holmes went with the suspension. Holmes is very patriotic even at a younger age. His brother was a marine who served in Iraq. Holmes developed his patriotism after watching his brother return home safely from service.

“I was just upset,” he told KATU. “I was heartbroken. My brother, he means everything for me. Just being able to help and give back to the people who fought and died for us it just makes me feel good.”

School administrators called Holmes’s father and asked him to pick up his son from school.

“Yeah, I’m proud of him,” Charles Holmes, Alan’s father, told KPTV. “I would’ve done the same thing.”"

The school dress code does not allow students to wear clothing that promotes alcohol, drugs, tobacco or violence. Granted, the shirt was not promoting gun violence, but the school's administration was not comfortable with the gun on the shirt.


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