Anti-Obama Shirt

Aurora fifth-grader suspended for home madetshirt reading “Obama is a terrorist’s best friend.” 9/22/08

AURORA (MyFOXColorado.com) – An 11-year-old in Aurora says his first amendment rights are being trampled after he was suspended for wearing a homemade shirt that reads “Obama is a terrorist’s best friend.”

The sixth grader at Aurora Frontier K-8 School wore it on a day when students were asked to wear red, white and blue to show their patriotism.

The boy’s father Dann Dalton describes himself as a “proud conservative” who has taken part in some controversial anti-abortion protests. Dalton says the school made a major mistake by suspending his son for wearing the shirt.

“It’s the public school system,” Dalton says. “Let’s be honest, it’s full of liberal loons.”

According the the boy’s father, the school district told the student, Daxx Dalton, that he had the choice of changing his shirt, turning his shirt inside out or being suspended.

Daxx chose suspension.

“They’re taking away my right of freedom of speech,” he says. “If I have the right to wear this shirt I’m going to use it. And if the only way to use it is get suspended, then I’m going to get suspended.”

Daxx’s dad agrees with him and is encouraging his son to stand his ground.  “The facts are his rights were violated. Period.”

Aurora Public Schools Superintendent John Barry says the suspension was not because Daxx Dalton wore a shirt with a political message. It was the result of a dispute that began on the playground before school started that spilled into a math class.

He says no student is allowed to wear anything that becomes a distraction in the learning environment, regardless of the political message. Administrators say in this case, the shirt caused a distraction.

Barry says Daxx’s sister also wore an anti-Obama shirt to class that day. She was not suspended. He also says the district “Respects a student’s right to free speech, such as the right to wear specific clothing,” but administrators say they review any situation that interrupts the learning environment.

Paperwork submitted by the school district says Daxx Dalton was not suspended for wearing the shirt, but for willful disobedience and defiance.

The boy’s father says he intends to pursue a lawsuit against the district.