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08:12 AM ET 08.22 | An Oklahoma City kindergartner was forced to turn his University of Michigan shirt inside out last week because it violated a city ban on any apparel not supportive of the state's college teams. Cooper Barton, 5, comes from a family of Michigan fans. He went to school wearing a maize and blue shirt with "The Big House," the nickname for Michigan's 114,000-seat stadium, written on the front. The school principal made Cooper turn the shirt inside out due to the state policy. The rule is among many restricting clothing and dress in the city schools. It came into effect in 2005 after suggestions from a gang task force.

Detroit Free Press

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August 22, 2012  08:15 AM ET

I thought wearing anything with Michigan on it was illegal...

August 22, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Well, that is one way to get everyone supporting the state's college teams.

And the comment about the "gang task force" suggested this. Whatever. If team jerseys were an issue for the gangs, then ALL the sports teams (including in-state teams) should be banned.

Nice try.

August 22, 2012  08:17 AM ET

State policy? What a bunch of losers.

August 22, 2012  08:20 AM ET

"It came into effect in 2005 after suggestions from a gang task force."

Didn't realize gang activity was that prevalent among 5 year olds.

August 22, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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"It came into effect in 2005 after suggestions from a gang task force."Didn't realize gang activity was that prevalent among 5 year olds.

Sure. They roll the 4 year olds for their lunch money.

August 22, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Way to go FN this breaking drama was on ATTYahoo 2 days ago.

Now ... go find us a REAL sports story.

August 22, 2012  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

State policy? What a bunch of losers.

it violated a city ban on any apparel not supportive of the state's college teams.



But, hey, nice try to drag the whole state into it....

August 22, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Way to go FN this breaking drama was on ATTYahoo 2 days ago.Now ... go find us a REAL sports story.

Maybe some of us don't read Yahoo, so this was news to me!

August 22, 2012  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Maybe some of us don't read Yahoo, so this was news to me!

Perhaps you should spread your news-gathering a bit...

Perhaps FN's T&R isn't the best place to get the news?

August 22, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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But, hey, nice try to drag the whole state into it....

That is page 2, don't worry

August 22, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Good thing it was just a MeatChicken shirt, imagine what they'd have done to the kid if it had been a Horns jersey. Kid may have ended up in a dungeon, wearing chains and in the stocks.

August 22, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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Good thing it was just a MeatChicken shirt, imagine what they'd have done to the kid if it had been a Horns jersey. Kid may have ended up in a dungeon, wearing chains and in the stocks.

If it was a Heat Jersey, then they would have reinacted the 2nd to last scene in Braveheart.

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August 22, 2012  09:16 AM ET

The kid should be expelled immediately. Seriously-All the problems in the country and a school is concerned about what a 5 year old wears?

August 22, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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I'm speechless. I bet it is ok for him to wear his pants half way down his rear end though.

I love the irony of that "fashion trend" origin...

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August 22, 2012  09:29 AM ET

Damn those land thieves are oppressive.

But I like it. Texas Legislature needs to pass something similar. See way too much of that LSU, Zero U <hit in this state.

August 22, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Way to go FN this breaking drama was on ATTYahoo 2 days ago.Now ... go find us a REAL sports story.

Its a diversionary tactic to not talk about the players lost/leaving 0U this summer/fall

 
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