A seventh grade boy who wore a “Virginity Rocks” sweatshirt to school in Wentzville, Missouri, was forced to remove the shirt and threatened with suspension if he wore it again, his parents said Wednesday.
Londyn Piglowski, 13, told KMOV News that his social studies teacher pulled him out of class and escorted him to the principal’s office over the sweater on Monday.
“He said it was a little bit borderline for the school and he told me to take it off or flip it inside or else they would have to take action,” the boy said. “I didn’t think this was bad, so whenever they told me to take it off, I was, like, why am I taking this off because it’s a positive message?”
Londyn said he agreed to take off the sweatshirt, but his parents said the school district later threatened to suspend him if he wore it again.
“They teach sex ed,” said Todd Piglowski, the boy’s father. “How can you teach it but then say, ‘hey let’s not have it on a sweatshirt?’”
The Wentzville School District did not comment specifically on the situation, but stated that its dress code applies to clothing that could be deemed “disruptive.”
“The District’s policy regarding student dress provides opportunities for our administrators to address student attire that is potentially disruptive to the educational environment,” the district said in a statement. “We routinely have conversations with students around attire that may be inappropriate and by and large, our students and families work with our staff to address any concerns.”
Londyn’s shirt was inspired by popular YouTuber Danny Duncan, who launched a clothing line with the phrase last year. There have been multiple news stories in recent months of children running into trouble with school officials for wearing clothing with the phrase to class.