I’m all for communities having pride in their professional and or big college team that is either in the area or miles away. But sometimes team colors can blind even the people who we trust to teach and bring up our kids at school.
Thus was the case of Cooper Barton, a kindergartner in Oklahoma.
Young Cooper Barton wore his favorite Michigan shirt to Wilson Elementary in Oklahoma City and was told it violated the Oklahoma City Public Schools dress code and was asked to turn the shirt inside out. According to the dress code, students are only allowed to wear Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or apparel from another Oklahoma state school. Everything else is a violation (especially Texas).
“They should really worry about academics. It wasn’t offensive. He’s 5,” Cooper’s mother Shannon Barton said.
I agree mom. It’s especially disheartening that this came from an entity that is in charge of academics city wide.
This is a perfect situation for a University of Michigan big wig to step in and offer this family a full ride scholarship if Cooper decides to go to Ann Arbor.