By Ashley Hinson
LUBBOCK, TX – Eight Shallowater High School students were suspended for wearing their senior t-shirts, Monday, distracting from the mourning surrounding the death of one of their students.
Tom Johnson, Shallowater High School Principal, said he sent the students home for wearing their senior t-shirts to school after being told not to.
"We didn't want to have distractions over the t-shirts,” said Johnson. “But it's something that's against the school dress code. We wanted to deal with that.”
Johnson said somebody slipped initials of curse words on the back of the shirts before printing and now the school is in the process of collecting them back and making students new ones.
"We didn't know it was going to be on there," said Johnson. "We didn't catch it on proofing."
KAMC News spoke with students who said the initials aren’t curse words and they wore the shirts to honor the memory of Garrett Hacker, the Shallowater senior killed in a car accident in New Mexico, Sunday.
“We want to honor Garrett today in every way possible,” said Johnson. “I don’t think the t-shirts are really a good way to honor Garrett.”
Johnson said he’s disappointed with the distraction the shirts have caused.
"Today is about being with your classmates and thinking about and grieving over Garret,” Johnson said.
All eight of the suspended students were asked to return to school later Monday morning if they turned their t-shirts in. Seven of the students agreed to return to school.