- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Florida mother says she received an apology from Kirby-Smith Middle School officials after an employee told her son to turn a GOP elephant shirt inside out.

“Spirit Week” at the Jacksonville school recently inspired one student to show off his conservative credentials, but the outfit didn’t sit well with a staff member. The family, who spoke to local reporters on condition of anonymity, said the shirt was described as a possible dress code violation.

“It was Nerd Day, so he wanted to be a Republican nerd,” the student’s mother said Oct. 12.

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A Duval County Public School spokesperson told the station that a staff member was confused about the difference between its employee dress code and the student dress code.

“When I talked with the school district they told me that the child can actually wear that shirt, that he was not in violation,” reporter Jenese Harris said. “They also just said that they believe this was simply a big misunderstanding. … Duval Schools apologized to the mom. I asked her, ‘Will [your] son wear the T-shirt to school again?’ She said yes.”

The school’s dress code prohibits any outfit considered “obscene, profane, suggestive or derogatory to others.”

Employees, however, are not allowed to wear clothing with political messaging.

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