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Dad: ‘Rape’ Shirts ‘Over The Line’

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Hal Stratton, an Albuquerque Academy parent and former state attorney general, has questioned whether the school enforced its dress code last week when two students wore shirts displaying political messages he described as “over the line.”

The students wore T-shirts on Election Day that read “life begins with rape” and displayed the Republican Party logo, Stratton said in an interview.

Stratton said his daughter, a senior at Albuquerque Academy, saw two students wearing the T-shirts on Tuesday morning, the day of the general election. Stratton, a Republican, said he doesn’t know whether the students were asked to remove or cover the shirts later in the school day.

Albuquerque Academy’s dress code does not appear to forbid political statements on clothing.

The Albuquerque Academy Student and Parent Handbook’s section on student dress and appearance prohibits “clothing that depicts ideology contrary to Academy philosophies and polices, whether stated or implied.” It also says the school has the “prerogative to determine what is objectionable.”

The handbook’s statement on academic freedom urges students and parents “to permit the free expression of ideas and positions other than their own.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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