According to reports, a 12-year-old student was expelled from school for wearing a T-shirt that read, “There are only two genders.” Liam Morrison, a student in the seventh grade at Nichols Middle School in Middleborough, Massachusetts, claims that on March 21, he was removed from gym class and brought before school officials, who informed him that students had been complaining about the phrase on his shirt and that it had made them feel “unsafe.”
His remarks were retweeted by the well-known Twitter user LibsofTikTok. “Yes, the wording on a shirt gave off a bad vibe. Although they assured me that I wasn’t in trouble, I felt as though I was. I was informed that before I could go back to class, I would have to take off my shirt.
They called my father after I politely informed them that I didn’t want to do that, he said on April 13 during a Middleborough School Committee meeting. “Thank goodness, my dad, who supports my choices, arrived to get me up. What was that on my shirt? There are only two genders, to put it in only five words. Nothing dangerous. Nothing dangerous. Just a claim I think to be true,” he said.
Morrison continued by saying that he was informed that his shirt was “targeting a protected class” and constituted a “disruption to learning.” “Who is this class that is protected? Are my rights more essential than their feelings?” he questioned. I don’t object when I see diversity and Pride flags displayed throughout the campus. Understand why? Because, just as I do, others have a right to their beliefs,” he said.
“I was informed that the shirt interfered with learning. Nobody stood up and walked out of the classroom. Nobody started crying. If they had, I’m certain I would have noticed. Every day I run into obstacles to learning. The disruption caused by children behaving out in class is ignored. Why do the laws apply to some people and not to others?
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The kid claimed that “not one person” had ever spoken to him directly to say that the phrases on his shirt offended them and that other pupils had informed him they agreed with what he was doing. Morrison said the committee that he believed the school was trying to teach him that it was unacceptable for him to hold a different opinion and that he had not gone to school that day in order to “hurt feelings or cause trouble.”
“This experience has taught me a lot. I discovered that many other pupils agree with what I think. I discovered that grownups aren’t always morally upright or wise in their actions. I am aware that it is legal for me to wear a shirt that says those five words.
Even at the age of twelve, I am entitled to my own political views and the right to voice them. even in class. The First Amendment to the Constitution protects this right, he said. “I’m hoping to draw the School Committee’s attention to this issue by being here tonight.
I’m hoping you’ll speak up on our behalf so the rest of us can express ourselves without being asked to leave class. It might not just be me the next time. Soon, more people might decide to speak up. Middleborough Public Schools was contacted by Fox News Digital for comment, but no response has been given as of yet.