School Sends Student Home For NOT Wearing Seahawks Gear
13 year old Grendon Bailie is my new hero after he stood up to his Tacoma Middle School's "Seahawk Spirit day".
Like 80% of the state of Washington, Truman Middle School in Tacoma jumped on the Seahawks bandwagon after the Hacks unbelievable win last week over the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. The private school instituted a Seahawks Spirit Day that allowed students to wear Seahawks clothing instead of their regular, strict, school uniform for one day. 7th Grader Grendon Bailie and his family are "die-hard Steelers fans" and Grendon felt he should be able to wear his teams colors and gear, and that's exactly what he did. When Grendon showed up to school he was immediately told he had to change his clothes or face an in school suspension for the day. It was a easy decision for the 13 year old, he had his father come pick him up and he went home for the day.
Grendon did specifically ask his Vice Prinicipal the day before if he could wear his Steelers gear instead and was told no, but Grendon let that answer go in one ear and out the other, telling the Seattle PI:
"Not everyone is a Seahawks fan -- and if they got to wear their team stuff then I should, too,"
Bottom line - its a 7th Grader, who did nothing to harm anyone, just wanted to support his playoff team the same way his peers were that day at school. I'm not one to defend political correctness, but that's the way our country is these days, catering to everyone's wants and needs to make them feel like they are apart of the group. Instead this school chose to go in the other direction and deny a child his education because he wanted to show support for his playoff team. I guess it is a private school, so they can reserve that right to lay down rules like this, but is it such a big deal that the kid should be punished? I don't think so. Maybe school officials are still from Super Bowl XL in 2005...
The Seahawks will have another big game against the Chicago Bears tomorrow at Chicago's Soldier Field. Once again a huge underdog, do you think Seattle can shock the world and make it to the NFC Championship? On everything that is holy in this world, I really hope not...