A 5-year-old kindergarten student has run afoul of the fashion police in Oklahoma City for supporting the wrong team.
Cooper Barton wore a “Big House” t-shirt — the nickname for Michigan’s 114,000-seat stadium — to classes at Wilson Elementary, and was told by school officials to turn the shirt inside out.
The officials explained that Oklahoma City has a policy prohibiting the wearing of college team shirts, unless they represent Oklahoma schools.
His family, avid Michigan supporters, was not pleased.
“It wasn’t offensive,” his mother Shannon told KWTV. “He’s five.”
The Oklahoma City Public Schools District policy forbids “clothing bearing the names or emblems of all professional and collegiate athletic teams” unless they’re from Oklahoma. Officials said the policy was developed in 2005 as an anti-gang measure.
School Superintendent Karl Springer said the policy was under review due to the incident involving Cooper.
“He absolutely had concerns about [the policy] and thinks it might be outdated,” a school system spokeswoman told KWTV.
What about it: Is the policy stupid? Or should Cooper’s family just shut up and follow the rules?