In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, administrators at a high school in small-town Upstate New York ordered an Army National Guard recruiter to stop handing out National Guard-emblazoned T-shirts because the shirts include the silhouette of an American soldier holding a rifle.
The incident happened on Friday at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, a taxpayer-funded public school about 20 miles south of Albany, the Times Union reports.
The light olive green shirts feature the words “National Guard,” a large American flag draped vertically downward and a silhouetted soldier wearing a helmet and carrying a rifle — something soldiers often do when called upon to defend the country.
School district superintendent Alan McCartney defended the decision to outlaw the shirts.
“This has nothing to do with patriotism, nothing to do with anybody disliking the military,” McCartney told local CBS affiliate WRGB. “It has nothing to do with the recruiter himself. It just has to do with the fact that there was a weapon on the shirt and that just doesn’t have a place in a high school.”