VIDEO: Middle School Student Stands Up to School Board After Allegedly Sending Him Home for Wearing ‘Two Genders’ Shirt
A middle school student in Massachusetts called out his school board for allegedly sending him home after he wore a t-shirt stating, “There are only two genders.”
Liam Morrison, a 12-year-old boy attending John T. Nichols Jr. Middle School, brought his case before the board on April 13th.
Video obtained by the Twitter account @libsoftiktok shows Morrison conveying his version of events.
The young man claims his father had to come to the school to pick him up after the boy refused to change the shirt as requested by school officials.
Why did officials make the request according to Morrison? Because some students were complaining that it made them feel “unsafe” and the words in question were “disrupting education.”
A 12-year-old in @MiddleboroughPS was allegedly sent home from school and told he’s making people feel unsafe for wearing a shirt that said “there are only 2 genders.”
Watch him destroy the school board ? pic.twitter.com/hCBO5wXIgh
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) April 30, 2023
Student Sent Home Over T-Shirt Saying ‘There Are Only Two Genders’
Morrison explained that he was called out of gym class over the offending ‘There are only two genders’ t-shirt and asked to remove it because other students were upset.
“Yes, words on a shirt made people feel unsafe. They told me that I wasn’t in trouble, but it sure felt like I was. I was told that I would need to remove my shirt before I could return to class,” he explained.
“When I nicely told them that I didn’t want to do that, they called my father.”
Fortunately for Liam, his father is sticking by his side.
It’s going to take the children to lead a lot of the adults.
— Billboard Chris ???? (@BillboardChris) May 1, 2023
“Thankfully, my dad, supportive of my decisions, came to pick me up,” Morrison explained. “What did my shirt say? Five simple words: There are only two genders. Nothing harmful. Nothing threatening. Just a statement I believe to be a fact.”
Unfortunately, Liam, you live in an era where you’re not allowed to debate facts. And that is especially so in the very institution that once encouraged debate and learning – school.
Would this school have dared ask a student to remove a shirt featuring an LGBT flag or a trans flag?
This kid is both brave and brilliant.
— John Stemberger (@JohnStemberger) May 1, 2023
Why Do Your Feelings Trump My Rights?
Morrison wasn’t simply content to recall the events leading up to and resulting in his dismissal from the school that day. He cemented his status as a legend by calling out the school board to their faces.
Morrison explained that he was told his ‘there are only two genders’ t-shirt was “targeting a protected class” and was a “disruption to learning.”
“Who is this protected class? Are their feelings more important than my rights?” he wondered. “I don’t complain when I see Pride flags and diversity posters hung throughout the school. Do you know why? Because others have a right to their beliefs, just as I do.”
And just like that – A little child shall lead them.
Words on a shirt made people feel unsafe, what has this world come to?
— Dr. Dawn Michael (@DawnsMission) April 30, 2023
Morrison seemed to suggest there were no real complaints about his t-shirt from students and that it was actually school officials who made it into an issue.
“I was told that the shirt was a disruption to learning. No one got up and stormed out of class. No one burst into tears. I’m sure I would have noticed if they had,” he said.
“I experience disruptions to my learning every day. Kids acting out in class are a disruption, yet nothing is done. Why do the rules apply to one yet not another?” Morrison asked.
What an outstanding young man. School should be ashamed that 12 year makes more sense than adults
— Mary McCarthy (@marymjupiter) April 30, 2023
Morrison told the board that he has rights, perhaps something he learned at his school but more likely came from teachings at home.
“I have my own political opinions and I have a right to express those opinions,” he said. “Even at school. This right is called the First Amendment to the Constitution.”
Those rights should be recognized ‘especially at school.’
Unfortunately, it takes a 12-year-old like Liam to remind adults about rights to free speech and the science behind what is a man or a woman.
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