Mom speaks out after teacher targets students wearing NRA shirts

Posted at 10:57 AM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 12:57:47-04

LODI, Calif. – 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.

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.

“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.”

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.

The shirt had an NRA logo in the front and in the back and 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.”

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.

"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.