Missouri student gets in trouble for wearing a religious shirt her school says is vulgar
7:28 AM, Mar 17, 2011
3:46 PM, Mar 17, 2011
KIRKWOOD, Missouri - A Missouri student is pulled out of class for wearing a T-shirt
she claimed was an expression of religious freedom, but her school
says was inappropriate.
The T-shirt reads “JESUS... HE SCARES THE HELL OUT OF
The North Kirkwood Middle School says shirts with swear words,
no matter the context, are not allowed in class. So when Michelle
Ramirez wore the shirt to school, the principal told her she would
have to change into a different t-shirt because it was a violation
of the dress code.
When the school called Michelle's parents, Christina Ramirez,
Michelle’s mother stood squarely behind her daughter.
"I got on the phone with Michelle, I told Michelle, 'if you feel
convicted to wear the shirt, you go ahead and put it back on," says
Christina and Michelle both insist the T-shirt does not violate
the school’s no-swearing policy for T-shirts because it
refers to a place they actually believe in, rather than just using
the word as slang.
“I don't think it's a slang word because it's all
capitalized, and even though the "hell" is a different color, that
it still means the same thing: that he (Jesus) does scare the hell
out of you that you're not letting the devil in," insists
School officials say they don’t have an issue with the
message on the shirt, just the questionable meaning of the language