An Illinois father wants a school district to reconsider its dress code after his son was asked to remove a U.S. Marines T-shirt or be suspended, FoxNews.com has learned. Daniel McIntyre, 44, of Genoa, told FoxNews.com that his 14-year-old son, Michael, was asked to remove the T-shirt by eighth-grade teacher Karen Deverell during reading class at Genoa-Kingston Middle School on Monday. Deverell, citing the school's dress code, said the garment's interlocking rifles was problematic and had to be removed from sight, McIntyre said. "My son is very proud of the Marines, and, in fact, of all the services," McIntyre said. "So he wears it with pride. There are two rifles crossed underneath the word 'Marines' on the shirt, but to me that should be overlooked. It's more about the Marines instead of the rifles. This is not right. This policy that they have in place can obviously be loosely interpreted, so they need to change itI know why this female,* paid agent of the State did this. It's called "hoplophobia", or the "irrational aversion to weapons, as opposed to [sometimes] justifed apprehension about those who may wield them". Leftists apparently suffer en masse from this mental illness, rendering them absolutely incapable of seeing beyond the inanimate object to the sentient being that wields it. As a result, when someone commits evil with a weapon, the weapon itself is held responsible. I know that sounds crazy, that someone would hold a tool accountable for how it is used. But that is why hoplophobia applies here. It's irrational, it doesn't make logical sense. And this illness is pervasive in the safety/security-minded left.
McIntyre said his son was initially threatened with suspension before complying with Deverell's request to turn it inside out. He has worn the T-shirt to school many times before without incident, McIntyre said. "He was upset, he couldn't understand it," he continued. "He couldn't understand why a teacher would make him do that."
Then there is the cognitive dissonance displayed by objecting to a shirt that says "Marines" on it and crossed M-16s. I know that the Navy's present recruiting commercial touts their status as a "global force for good", but seriously, what do lefties think an "armed service" carries into combat?
* Far more women than men support gun control...thus are more likely to harbor negative attitudes towards firearms and firearms ownership. These attitudes cannot help but be expressed in state-run public school classrooms, staffed as they are by a plurality of liberalist women.