When Jordan Griffith, a 13-year-old student at South Jones Elementary School in Elliseville, Miss., wore to school a shirt in support of his brother, who was deployed to Afghanistan, he expected his teachers to support the cause. Instead, he got in trouble, the Marine Corps Times reports.
The shirt features the front and back of the United States Marine Corps bulldog, which includes a view of the dog's testicles -- something school officials said was too much.
The front reads, “If you are not the lead dog,” and the back reads, “The view never changes.”
"Jordan just idolizes Timothy," their mother, Sandy Griffith, told the Marine Corps Times. "Timothy gave him the shirt and told him, 'Always remember you're a leader, not a follower.'"
Tommy Parker, the school's superintendent, told USA Today that despite the outrage, the decision to have the shirt turned inside out wasn't about the military.
"We're very pro-military," Parker told USA Today. "We're one of the most conservative places in the United States."
Back in April, two girls from James Master Elementary School in Converse, Texas, got in trouble after school officials said their shirts, which bore the logos of nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops, violated the school's dress code.
The girls wore the shirts in support of their father who was paralyzed in Afghanistan after they found out they qualified for assistance from the organization.
"This organization may build us a home that is safe for my husband to be safe in," Josie Perez-Gorda, the girls' mother, told KENS5.
Despite the family's complaints, the district maintained the school dress code forbids clothes with logos.