JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A Duval County middle school told a 14-year-old boy to change his “Duck Dynasty” t-shirt because it was deemed offensive.
WJXT-TV reports Christopher Olsen was told by Mandarin Middle School officials his “Redneck of the Year” shirt featuring Si Robertson was a “slur.”
“One of these ladies at the school walked in and asked me why I was wearing this shirt, ‘It’s a slur,’” Olsen told WJXT.
Bronwyn Ramsey, Olsen’s mother, does not feel the word redneck is a slur.
“I personally didn’t feel like it was negative,” Ramsey told WJXT. “I mean, redneck to me is a hard working person from back in the day. It’s a culture, it’s a way of life and I just didn’t feel like that should be a slur, be labeled a slur.”
Ramsey had to bring her son another shirt to school after he called her Wednesday.
“I think they made a mountain out of a mole hill and … I feel like there are bigger fish to fry than to worry about a simple little shirt of a national TV show that my son happened to wear one day at school,” Ramsey told WJXT.
A Duval County Schools official said the “Duck Dynasty” shirt fell under the school’s code of conduct.
“School educators and administration use the code of conduct as a tool to guide decisions regarding the school environment,” Tia Ford, spokesperson for Duval Schools, told WJXT.
This isn’t the first time a school forced a student to remove a “Duck Dynasty” shirt. In September, a Virginia high school made a student change out of a shirt featuring Si Robertson with the words “I Will Hurt You Physically and Metaphysically” because it was deemed too “threatening.”