Should Students Have Been Able to Wear Sandy Hook Shirts?

One school system says no.

Webster students were told to change out of their T-shirts that paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre last week, according to Fox 25

One of the students, a first-grade boy, was wearing a shirt that read "Rest in peace, the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. And in the front is all the kids' names," his parent Tiffany Elliot told FOX 25.

Elliot told Fox 25 she talked to her son about the shooting and thought the best way to handle it was to have him show his support for the victims. But the school, said Elliot, disagreed, saying it wasn't their place to discuss the tragedy with students.

Instead, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Malkas told Fox 25, "... I don't feel it is the school's right to take that privilege of parenting away and supersede on their behalf."

Do you think the two students should have been allowed to wear their shirts in support of the Sandy Hook School victims? Tell us in the comments.

Cathy Joyce-Furtado December 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Hell, yes, they should have been able to show their feelings and grief. this was the students way of standing up to such horror. doing so, made them feel empowered to such violence. the "adults" basically told them to suck it up, your opinion doesn't count, and we don't care how you feel. Instead of shaming the students, the "adults" should have praised them.
GreenMom December 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I dont believe a 1st grade student would make or select to weat that shirt. I believe that was the parents. If the parents want to wear it, it is fine. But some parents may not feel like it appropreiate to have told their children at age 6 and 7 about this incident. So i do not think it is appropriate for school. At a higher grade level, yes, but for 1st grade. I dont think it is responsible of the parents.
GreenMom December 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Glen D. Conlon December 21, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yes they should be able. It happened, sadly enough can't erase it. The T-shirts shouldn't bother anyone. 911 stickers,shirts etc...... parents handle the situation the way they see fit. If a T-shirt brings unity in an extremely tough time then wear the shirt.
Marie Cicciu Cook December 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM
absolutely - it is their way of showing their feelings
Local PR December 22, 2012 at 01:00 AM
My first grader still has no idea about this tragedy. We've chosen to tell him later in life about mental health, murder, and other adult topics. 6 year olds have other things to worry about. Im very pleased that our school has not done his on our behalf.
Sunday Morning December 22, 2012 at 01:40 AM
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paul December 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Way to go Webster, it's never too early to teach our children about censorship. I hope the students show up with NRA shirts after the holidays.
Steve December 31, 2012 at 04:58 PM
100% agreeing with you
Local PR January 03, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Do you actually let your 6 year olds decide what to wear? Do they purchase their own clothing? Do they watch whatever they like on your television? Do they eat whatever they like from your refrigerator? Yes, of course they are learning about censorship - right under your roof.
suzanne young-walsh February 16, 2013 at 09:39 AM
I do not believe for my kindergarten and first grader it is appropriate. It is too horrific to began to explain. Let alone the anxiety of them thinking they may not be safe. I also do not my children hearing about this tragic, tragic day until we believe they are much older.
Michael Kreyssig February 17, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I agree Suzanne. My 6 year old daughter has no idea the tragedy at Sandy Hook ever took place, and I prefer to keep it that way. In my opinion the first grader mentioned in the article was not expressing himself, rather it was the parents expressing themselves via their child. No 6 year old is capable grasping the weight and complexity of that tragedy, and frankly should not be presented with the burden of trying.


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