- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

An Ohio middle school is facing national backlash after admitting to purposely editing out the word “feminist” from a 13-year-old’s T-shirt in the eighth-grade class portrait.

Sophie Thomas, a student at Clermont Northeastern Middle School in Batavia, said no one said anything to her about the shirt when she plopped down in the front row to pose for the photo. She didn’t find out that her shirt was censored until she got a look at the photo that her friend had ordered, a local Fox affiliate reported.

“I checked it to make sure I didn’t look dumb or anything — closing my eyes. I saw that they had removed the word from my shirt and I was insanely upset,” she told the station. “They didn’t inform me about this. They just did it without any permission.”

Principal Kendra Young said that though the shirt does not violate the school’s dress code, she and the photographer decided to edit out the word “Feminist” because they didn’t want anything in the photo that could be deemed offensive, the station reported.

Superintendent Ralph Shell said that wasn’t the only thing removed from the picture.

“This particular photograph not only had the word ‘feminism’ in the front row very plainly could be seen, but there was also some young men in the background that were doing, shall we say, not appropriate things with their hands,” he told the Fox affiliate. “So the principal made the decision to airbrush, or whatever, the word ‘feminism’ and the hands out.”

Mr. Shell insists the district is not anti-feminist as it’s being portrayed on social media, the station reported.

Still, Sophie and her friends have made dozens of the shirts that they wore to school Friday and planned to sell to raise money for feminism awareness, the station reported.

She said that her cause has gone global, as people from all over the world have sent her photos of themselves wearing “feminist” shirts.

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