By Angela Greenwood

LODI (CBS13) — An angry mother is speaking out after she says a Lodi High School history teacher targeted students wearing T-shirts advertising the National Rifle Association.

“She was basically being attacked in class,” said mother Charlene Craig.

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Two sophomores were wearing the NRA shirts when they say they were singled out in class by their teacher, who started schooling them on why guns are bad.

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“That guns kill people,” said Craig.

It’s a lesson Craig says was way out of line.

“I think he’s there to teach. I don’t think he’s there to discuss his personal beliefs.”

It happened during history class on Friday.

“He basically yelled at her, telling her that she would be writing an essay if she disagreed with him.”

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Craig says her 15-year-old daughter was lectured, while another student was sent to the principal’s office for refusing to take off the NRA shirt- a shirt that supports lifestyles they’ve grown up within families of hunters and farmers.

“That’s what she is, that’s what she does,” said Craig.

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The shirt had an NRA logo in the front and in the back, there are pictures of shell casings outlined in an American Flag. Below that reads the words “National Rifle Association.” What’s missing from the shirt is a picture of a gun and exactly why Craig says the students should have been left alone.

“The dress code clearly states weapons.”

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A graphic breaking down the Lodi school’s dress code (Source: Lodi High School)

According to a statement from the Lodi Unified School District, “…the school administration reviewed the t-shirt in question and determined that it did not violate school dress code policy.”

Craig says she realizes it’s a sensitive topic but says students shouldn’t be punished for the political or personal beliefs of their teachers.

shirt kicked out Lodi Teen Kicked Out Of Class Over NRA Shirt

“I am going continue to send my daughter to school in it. I don’t see that there’s a problem.”

Lodi Unified also says it plans to refresh all staff about dress code policies, so this type of incident does not happen again.

Comments (12)
  1. Alan L. Falk says:

    … and then they’ll change the dress code to add “NRA” to things that can’t appear…

  2. If the NRA attire is against the school rules of political attire (which is not applicable to this case) then the teacher should send her to the office to let them deal with the situation not start ranting his liberal thoughts during class.

  3. It’s time to make the violation of our constitutional rights a jail-able offense and start putting those useless teachers in jail.

  4. Fire teacher and sue her. …I guess John Fogarty and CCR were right about Lodi.

  5. pavepusher says:

    Teacher needs to be publically flogged, and forced to do 100 hours of menial chores at local gun ranges.

  6. Frank Ney says:

    No word on if or how much the teacher was disciplined? Then the response from the school district is meaningless. Suspension would be appropriate at the minimum.

  7. The teacher should be fired…causing a hostile environment with their own believes…liberalism has destroyed our schools…the teachers job is to teach them fundamentals from State and federal mandates, not the teachers personal believes….

  8. Chris Jones says:

    Courts have ruled repeatedly that a student’s Constitutional rights do not end at the schoolhouse door. EDUCATION, NOT INDOCTRINATION.

  9. Liberals, demonrats, progressives, communists, fascists,—-whatever they want to call themselves–they are UN-AMERICAN, UN-PATRIOTIC individuals that want the UNITED STATES to fail and fall.. ANYONE who votes for any candidate that run’s under the demonrat party platform is calling for and voting for the DEMISE of the UNITED STATES. ANY individual that approve’s of the demonrat platform is calling for a 2nd. civil war with their hatred of this GREAT COUNTRY!!!
    I want to know where she bought the t shirt –I want several –a couple for me, and the rest for my sons and other family members…

  10. David Rand Kelly August 10, 2018 at 9:40 am
    Liberals, demonrats, progressives, communists, fascists,—-whatever they want to call themselves–they are UN-AMERICAN, UN-PATRIOTIC individuals that want the UNITED STATES to fail and fall.. ANYONE who votes for any candidate that run’s under the demonrat party platform is calling for and voting for the DEMISE of the UNITED STATES. ANY individual that approve’s of the demonrat platform is calling for a 2nd. civil war with their hatred of this GREAT COUNTRY!!!
    I want to know where she bought the t shirt –I want several –a couple for me, and the rest for my sons and other family members…

  11. Bob Kellum says:

    When are we as a society going to learn to simply ignore the stupid people?
    The appropriate response for these kids should have been to put their fingers in their ears to demonstrate that they were not listening to the teacher. They then needed to sign up their classmates for NRA shirts.

    When people like this, insane twits, flap off at the gums, we normal people should be both polite and steadfast. Since they are mentally ill and delusional, we need to be patient, kind and also unyielding. When a teacher does things that betray their authority and trust, they should lose their authority in matters where they are raving. Such as this one.

  12. clive hoskin says:

    Since it IS unconstitutional,it is therefor against the law.So when will the authorities arrest the teacher?

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