FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KFSM) — A Fayetteville junior high school made a teenager girl change out of a T-shirt at school this week because the school said it contained sexual content. The T-shirt in question was a shirt that reads “Virginity Rocks” on the front.
“It is one of my favorite shirts,” said Chloe Rubiano, an 8th grader at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville.
Rubiano told 5NEWS she got the shirt at a Christian-based festival.
“I just really like the shirt because I was always raised that way,” Rubiano said. “I didn’t really think anyone would make a big deal out of it.”
Rubiano told 5NEWS she wore this shirt plenty of times in the past at former schools. However, staff members at Ramay said her shirt had sexual content on it, which would disrupt the classroom.
“I didn’t really see the big worry, but they called me to the office,” Rubiano said.
Rubiano said her vice principal told her that the shirt could distract the classroom environment, with the possibility that it “opens up too many doors for conversations.”
Chloe’s mother, Bambi Crozier, said she was surprised by the school’s decision.
“This is part of sex [education] to me. Virginity is where you need to be,” Crozier said.
Crozier said she found the shirt to be bold, but appropriate.
“It represents what she believes,” Crozier said. “I’m very thankful that Chloe has this belief.”
Crozier said she can also understand why the school made this decision.
Crozier had posted about the situation on her Facebook page. Crozier said a comment that her friend posted made her consider the other end of the topic.
“If you have the right to say (‘Virginity Rocks’), you also have the right to say, ‘Sex Rocks.’ And, I’m like, ‘Oh, Lord, he is right,'” Crozier said.
Rubiano had to change into a school-issued gym shirt for the remainder of the day on Thursday (Sept. 11).
Rubiano said she will still wear the “Virginity Rocks” T- shirt in public.
However, she said she has decided to not wear it at school again.
“She needs to respect the wishes that the leadership has. And, she will. She’s a good kid,” Crozier said.
5NEWS spoke to the Fayetteville School District, who said students are not allowed to wear clothing that creates disruption in the classroom.
By DILLON THOMAS