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Louisiana HS student sent home for wearing Colts jersey?

Feb 5, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

Big controversy in Livingston Parish, LA at this hour, as a high school student is claiming that he was sent home by his principal for wearing an Indianapolis Colts jersey during the schools’ Black-and-Gold Day to honor the Saints. Now the ACLU is involved, saying that Brandon Frost, a senior at Maurepas High School, had his civil liberties violated when he was told his Colts jersey was inappropriate attire. All students were encouraged to wear Saints jerseys to school today. Key quote:

“The principal came and got me out of class,” Frost said. “He started to get angry with me. After that, all I really remember him telling me was if I like Indiana so much, why don’t I move back to Indiana.”

The boy’s father said he called the ACLU rather than the school because he was too angry.

“Louisiana would be proud of him anyway,” Larry Frost told the Associated Press. “He wore Joseph Addai’s jersey.”

The Colts running back is a graduate of Louisiana State University.

The school is now saying that Frost was not sent home, and that the Colts jersey ban was due to the fact that the school has a uniform dress code that was only relaxed for the Black-and-Gold Day. But Frost and his parents didn’t buy that explanation, and both say the boy was sent home. From WBRZ-2 TV:

“Brandon felt singled out,” said Larry Frost. “I didn’t see where it should be a problem. If everybody else is dressing out of uniform, I think he should be able to wear his.”

Frost is from Indianapolis and moved to Maurepas with his father four years ago. He claims to have one of the best ACT scores in his class and has plans to join the National Guard.

Steve Vampran, principal of Maurepas High School, at first had no comment. But now he’s talking, telling AP that he probably shouldn’t have made the comment about moving back to Indiana. He said that Brandon wasn’t ordered to go home, but wasn’t stopped from doing so instead of just changing his shirt at school. He also says that he’s talked with Frost’s father, and that things “have been worked out.”
The American Civil Liberties Union fired off a letter to Vampran as soon as they got wind of the incident, demanding the school restore Frost’s record and erase any mention of disciplinary action taken because he chose to support the Colts.
When, oh when will school administrators learn that if you act all fascist-like in the age of technology, you’re in a world of hurt? Just ask this principal.
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Student punished for wearing Colts jersey [WBRZ]
Maurepas student sent home from school for wearing Indianapolis Colts jersey [New Orleans Times-Picayune]

138 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ben - Feb 8, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    wtf he should be able to where watevr he wants to and that principal needs to chill out hes kinda a spaz

  2. jb_2010 - Feb 8, 2010 at 8:52 PM

    I agree, the kid could have been seriouly hurt if some of the other students that were saints fans decided to take action on him.

  3. Jb_2010 - Feb 8, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    That’s just ignorance he is a principle do u really think he has 1m!! The Principle was only reinforcing the rules,grant he shouldnt have made the comment about going back to Indiana but other than that he was doing his job! Bottom line the kid didn’t follow rules, and him and his parents both knew the consequences….It was school uniform or BLACK and Gold and he did neither. He could have showed support by putting a sticker on his back pack or some thing the jersey was uncalled for

  4. alex - Feb 9, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    this kid was sweet for wearing it but thats dumb of the school for sending him home his parents should sue the school for that because its just wrong

  5. Tonya - Feb 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Yes!!

  6. Tonya - Feb 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    I disagree! I believe the student wanted to show off his pride as Saints fans did… I live in La and people here take football way to serious no child should be scared to wear a different team shirt. my children wear Cowboys stuff all the time because we are from TX but my husband is in the military and we are stationed here. People in La is from different places and people should respect that!

  7. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    The kid is a loser…. ahhhhhh didn’t the Colts lose…. :-)
    slap the principal, just on the principle ,,,,,,,,,

  8. moreflagsmorefun - Feb 16, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    The kid is a loser…. ahhhhhh didn’t the Colts lose…. :-)
    slap the principal, just on the principle ,,,,,,,,,

  9. YankeeFan - Feb 22, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    What did you expect in an area populated by hillbilly’s and losers where education is ranked second to learning the cultural values of marrying your own cousins. This principal is a jerk and should be fired for intimidating that kid. Way to go Brandon!

  10. JIMMY - Feb 23, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    There is not a stadium in the U.S.A. where you can wear opposing team jersey where you wont be heckled.I go to two away games a year with my team and never…never havent i heard a remark.I have been to 28 different stadiums.I dont dress outragiously,just a jersey and a ball cap.Im not loud and i dont bother opposing fans,even at my home stadium.
    His father should have warned him he was going to get picked on,especially with the saints never being to a superbowl,let alone getting deep in the playoffs.If i were his principal,i would have warned him the other kids may do something,then left it at that.

  11. darrin - Feb 24, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Freedom of speech is for losers? Spoken like a true socialist.

  12. too tall - Feb 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    This kid was given the choice between wearing his school uniform or a Saints jersey. If he wasn’t told he had to swear allegiance to the Saints, he should have worn his school uniform and kept his mouth shut. Granted, he has the right to express his views but sometimes there’s a better place, time and way to do that.

  13. Richard - Mar 5, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Good ACT score, but no common sense. Who knows why he chose to wear a colts jersey, being form Indiana is moot. His dad probably had the phone in hand ready to call the ACLU all along. It probably was a setup and they’ll be filing a lawsuit soon enough. If he wasn’t sent home from school he should have been.