Last month, Shane Kinney, a sophomore at Grand Island High School, north of Buffalo, wore a t-shirt to school that had an NRA logo on the front. The logo consisted of a pair of crossed firearms and evidently one of Kinney’s teachers found the logo offensive and ordered him to change his shirt or turn that one inside out.
According to the teacher, the shirt violated the school dress. The dress codes states that clothes shouldn’t promote violence or disrupt the educational process. The NRA logo was not promoting violence and the only disruption to the educational process was that of the teacher, not the student.
When Kinney was told to change or flip his shirt he refused, so the school suspended him for a day. Kinney claimed there was nothing about his shirt that promoted violence and that he had the right to wear it.
Gun supporters began protesting against the school district for their actions against Kinney. Between the protesters and bad press the school was getting, they finally reneged and reversed the suspension. At a board of education meeting last week, the district superintendent admitted to the crowd that had gathered that they were wrong in suspending Shane Kinney. She then went on to explain that his suspension would be expunged from his record.
I suspect that had it not been for the efforts of Rus Thompson, the gun activist that helped launched the protests against the school district, the school would not have ever decided to reverse the suspension. When the superintendent made her announcement about the suspension reversal, she told the audience that she respects the 1st and 2nd Amendments, her father is a veteran and her daughter is on a shooting team. Thompson was the first to start clapping at her announcement.
I also wonder how the suspension reversal is setting with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo? Other than former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there isn’t anyone who hates guns and wants to remove them from the hands of the people more than Cuomo. The superintendent’s announcement probably made his blood boil and his temples stick out on the side of his head, at least I hope it did.
This is likely one of the very few 2nd Amendment victories that we’ll see out of the state of New York.