“A pointed gun is just not appropriate for a high school,” said Alan McCartney, the interim superintendent of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District….
“A couple of teachers realized [the T-shirt] showed a silhouette of a rifleman on it,” McCartney told me in a telephone interview. “I realize some students look at the t-shirt and all they see is the National Guard. And that is a good thing. Others look at the shirt and all they see is the rifle.” …
McCartney told me the shirts violated the school’s dress code.
“Our code of conduct says no t-shirts depicting violence or weapons,” he said….
“Where do you draw the line?” the superintendent asked. “Is it okay to wear this weapon because it’s a National Guardsman wielding it? (But it’s not okay) if you’ve got a t-shirt on from a video game that shows somebody aiming at gun at somebody’s head?”
We try to be consistent, he said.
“We are here to educate students to be neutral,” McCartney said. “To create an environment where there isn’t a lot of controversy within the environment.”