Officials in Hinsdale Township High School District 86 are backtracking on the suspension of a student who wore a T-shirt depicting an AK-47 to school.
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The district will remove the suspension from the record of Chris Borg, 18, a senior who wore a T-shirt depicting an AK-47 to Hinsdale Central High School on May 6, the student said. The shirt also had the words “AKteam” printed on it and the URL for a Kentucky gun club that supports gun rights.
“I’m ecstatic,” Borg said of the decision. “I’m happy. I wasn’t trying to push buttons or be provocative. I was just trying to assert my First Amendment rights.”
Supt. Bruce Law said Wednesday the district has “changed its mind about the rectitude” of the suspension that was issued because it was determined that the image of the gun was unsafe and disruptive to the educational process and was not in keeping with the school’s dress code.
Borg was given the choice to get another shirt to wear, turn it inside or take the suspension. He took the suspension.
The school’s handbook states that students are subject to disciplinary action when they wear clothing that “is deemed vulgar, inappropriate, unsafe or disruptive to the educational process . Examples would include something that advertises or displays alcohol, drugs, tobacco or sexual innuendo.