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Anaheim School Forces Girl to Take Off NRA T-Shirt

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Haley Bullwinkle is a sophomore at Canyon High School,  says she has good grades, plays the violin and typically has no problems at school.  Until a couple of weeks ago when a school security guard took her to the principal's office and forced her change out of the shirt she was wearing.

It was a National Rifle Association of America (NRA)T- shirt

"I felt scared and confused I didn't understand what was wrong with my shirt and I was afraid that I was going to get a detention for wearing that shirt," said Haley.

According to the school security officer and another office employee this picture of a hunter with a rifle violates the school's dress code.

"The policy says we can't wear anything that depicts like violence," said Haley.

The dress actually says is that students can't wear anything "that promotes or depicts gangs drugs alcohol tobacco or violence…"

"They have a color guard right there that spins fake rifles every morning, which I happen to think is fantastic.  But if they're going to have that it does seem like a bit of a double standard," said Haley's dad, Jed Bullwinkle.

Haley's dad says when he contacted the principal of Canyon High School she told him the shirt was a violation.

So he hired a lawyer.

"High school students don't lose their first amendment rights when they walk in through the doors to the high school.  In this case the has decided a T-shirt that Haley Bullwinkle was wearing violated the dress code. But the dress code can't trump the first amendment," said civil rights attorney, Chuck Michel.

School and district officials declined to do an on camera interviews

But family says that after hearing from their lawyer the orange unified school district and canyon high are backtracking and the family's been told Haley can wear the shirt because it's not a violation.

 

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