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T-shirt causes school administrators to freak out


Stephanie, right, had worn the shirt to school before without incident. Photo: Moonee Valley Leader

Why are schools so inconsistent in their faux outrage? This Melbourne teen wore her “Nobody knows I’m a lesbian” T-shirt to school several times before without incident. Somehow, when it came to school photo day, the school administrators got the vapors and asked her to remove it. (The Mercury):

About 30 students at Strathmore Secondary College last week rallied behind Year 12 classmate Stephanie, 17, after she was told by teachers to change out of the T-shirt for school photos.

Stephanie, who did not want her surname published, said she had worn a T-shirt bearing the slogan “Nobody knows I’m a lesbian” to school on several occasions without concerns being raised by staff or fellow students.

“I’ve had it for ages,” she said. But she said things changed when she wore it on school photo day, sparking concern among Year 12 co-ordinators.

She was quickly asked to take the T-shirt off. “They said it was because certain parents would complain,” Stephanie said.

Her mother, Susan, said she had had the controversial T-shirt printed for her daughter when she was about 15. Susan said her daughter was brave to wear the T-shirt in public and particularly at school.

“I’m proud of her,” she said. “I love her and I don’t care what she is.”

The part of this story that I love is that the other students showed support for the young woman by wearing T-shirts that said, among other things, “Nobody knows I am bulimic”, “Nobody knows I’m pregnant,” and “Nobody knows I’m on steroids.”

Hat tip, PageOneQ

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