You see this story every year. A school holds a “pride” day for the local team. Yet, one individual wears the colors of another team, only to get sent home. And then the hand-wringing ensues.
You almost wonder how something like this can happen in 2011 — and then you see the edited version of Mark Twain‘s classic and you understand how.
The latest episode happened in Seattle where a 13-year-old student was sent home for wearing a Steelers jersey during Seahawks pride day (from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer). School administrators sent Grendon Bailie home, saying his choice of clothing was inappropriate — and that Seahawks shirts or colors were the only exception allowed outside the uniform school’s normal strict dress code.
And you know what, you have to side with the school administrators here. Almost in the same vein that you would condone referees for calling the tuck rule. Is the rule silly? Does it need to be overturned? No question. But when going by the spirit of the rule, the school administration interpreted and enacted the rule accordingly.
Whether you agree with the rule or not, that is not the point. The fact is there is a rule — popular or not — and it was violated.
And to be honest, everybody should just feel fortunate that the youngster did not go to school dressed as infamous Super Bowl XL referee Bill Leavy. Because that could have ended badly.
UPDATE: One of our awesome readers pointed out that LaMarr Woodley posted on his Facebook that he wanted to send this kid a jersey.