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Texas School Calls Student's Pro-LGBT Shirt 'Disruptive'

Texas School Calls Student's Pro-LGBT Shirt 'Disruptive'

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Administrators tried to make the teenager change out of a T-shirt that read "Some people are gay. Get over it." 

Ali Chaney, a 13-year-old out eighth-grader in Texas, came to school Monday wearing a T-shirt that read, "Some people are gay. Get over it." But school administrators didn't take that advice.

Shortly after arriving at S.C. Lee Junior High School in Copperas Cove Monday morning, Chaney was asked to go to the principal's office. Administrators told the student to change her shirt, but she refused. Cassie Watson, the student's mother, told Temple TV station KCEN that Chaney called her crying because "she felt school leaders were discriminating against her for being gay."

Wendy Sledd, a spokeswoman for the Copperas Cove Independent School District, told KCEN the shirt went against school dress code and was "disruptive."

"Our purpose at CCISD is to educate children, first and foremost. According to CCISD's dress code in the student handbook and code of conduct, clothing that is disruptive to the learning environment based on reactions by other students is prohibited. The student was offered a school shirt to wear and declined," Sledd said in a statement to KCEN.

Sledd claims that multiple students complained about the shirt, but Chaney and her mother believe differently. "It's just a shirt, and it's not hurting anybody," Chaney told KCEN.

Chaney showed the TV station a photo of a student wearing a T-shirt of President Obama that claims he is a Muslim and a communist. That student was not forced to change clothes or told that the shirt was "disruptive."

School officials responded by showing a photo of a student with a Miley Cyrus "twerking" T-shirt that they say violated school dress code. The administrators said the student was asked to change clothes and "complied without incident," the station reports.

Watson has filed a complaint with the district. She told KCEN that she is not seeking an apology but thinks her daughter deserves one.

Watch the station's report below. - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

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