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Grand Island Student's NRA Shirt Flap Goes National

In the week since Grand Island sophomore Shane Kinney was suspended for wearing an NRA T-shirt, the story has been embraced by conservative media nationwide.

WASHINGTON TIMES: "Shane’s mother believes that simply having the image of a gun on a shirt doesn’t mean that the owner should be suspected of desiring wanton death and destruction.

FOX NEWS CHANNEL  quotes Kinney saying" “Mr. Lauria [the vice principal] told me I had to either turn the shirt inside out or put duct tape over the words,"

BREITBART:  "Their son was recently made to serve a one day in-school suspension" for refusing to turn his NRA shirt inside out or change shirts altogether.

NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE:  "Wayne and Kim Kinney, Shane’s parents, say the school overreacted and that Shane should not have been suspended. However, they also said that Shane will probably not wear the shirt to school anymore."

THE DAILY CALLER: " The Kinney parents are proud of their son, and told local reporters that they have always encouraged him to stand up for what he believes in "

Kinney's story has been picked up by The Washington Times, The National Review and others,  just a few days after he spoke with WBEN's Tom Bauerle on Wednesday.

HEAR KINNEY with WBEN's Tom Bauerle

"It makes it more public what's going on, how these administrators are tyring to bne politically correct and have the crazy view that somehow jsut a picture of a gun is going to make people in a school in more danger," says Steven Aldstadt, with SCOPE, the pro-gun Shooters Committee on Political Education.

HEAR SCOPE Pres. Steven Altstadt On The WBEN Liveline

Earlier this week,  Kinney was ordered to report to the principal's office after he says a teacher spotted him wearing a "Protected by Smith and Wesson" sweatshirt inside the school.

"They've yelled at me for wearing it before because it has a gun on it and I had to duct tape it," says Kinney. Kinney says he removed the sweatshirt showing a blue NRA t-shirt with the logo and crossed guns on the back.

Administrators suggested he turn the shirt inside out or find another shirt. He refused, saying there was nothing wrong with it, adding the NRA has done great things for the country.

Kinney says students have complimented him on his shirt.

"They haven't said anything bad about it, although they don't hunt. The only people giving me trouble were teachers," Kinney told WBEN's Tom Bauerle.

WBEN received a response from the Grand Island Superintendent's Office:
The Grand Island School District recognizes this matter as an opportunity
to review its policies, procedures and actions to ensure that they are
consistent with our commitment to provide a safe learning environment and
protect students' Constitutional rights.

I reiterate, no student was disciplined for wearing a shirt expressing a
position on the NRA or gun control.

Teresa Lawrence, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Grand Island Central School District


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