A seventh-grader was forced to cover up his Star Wars t-shirt at school because it showed a weapon

Actors dressed as stormtroopers
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A Texas seventh-grader named Colton Southern was required to cover up his Star Wars t-shirt at school because administrators said it ran afoul of school policy banning "symbols oriented toward violence." The shirt shows a stormtrooper holding a weapon alongside a large logo advertising the latest film in the science fiction series.

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Colton's father, Joe Southern, said his son has worn the shirt to school several times before without incident. "You're talking about a Star Wars t-shirt, a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns or making a stand. It's just a Star Wars shirt," he commented, adding, "He's a Boy Scout, active in church, volunteers at Brazos Bend State Park. There's not a violent bone in his body. He's just an excited kid for the movie."

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