It represented one of the most shameful of stories. Yet as is always the case with shameful stories, it soon made its way across America.
It seems an 11-year-old boy in Colorado had been suspended from school for failing to remove a t-shirt that school officials had deemed a disruption to the school's learning environment. According to MyFOXColorado.com, on a day that students had been asked to show their patriotism by wearing red, white, and blue, Daxx Dalton wore a home-made shirt that read, “Obama is a terrorist’s best friend.”
The fifth grade boy was asked to either change his shirt or turn it inside out. Then, at some point, an ultimatum came up.
If the shirt were not turned inside out or removed, the school would have to suspend him. The youngster chose suspension.
Father Insists He Will Sue
The boy’s father told the Colorado FOX affiliate that he, dad, is a “proud conservative.” He also insisted that the school was making a mistake by suspending his son. Dann Dalton went on to add, “It’s the public school system. Let’s be honest, it’s full of liberal loons.”
Dann Dalton also went on, “I didn’t expect (my son) to get what he got, that was ridiculously uncalled for.” He also announced his intent to sue the school district for violation of his son's first amendment rights.
At the same time, young Daxx did acknowledge that he had been “encouraged” to wear the shirt by his father. In a separate Chicago SunTimes article, it was noted that the t-shirt had been designed by dad as well. According to SunTimes.com, Dann Dalton offered, "I'm full of all kinds of anti-Obama cliches." Apparently he also helped with the message so that "he could easily capsulate it on a T-shirt."
School District Actions
Given that the situation involved the discipline of a student, the school district was not at liberty to discuss the case in detail with the media. However, the district did acknowledge the incident and noted that the suspension was for willful disobedience and defiance, not for the shirt's political message.