A Queen’s high school student was told to leave school for wearing “I Enjoy Vagina” shirt.
Brianna Demato was told to leave Newtown HIgh School Tuesday when she refused to change her shirt that says “I enjoy vagina” t-shirt.
The bisexual teen says the school is hypocritical. She said, “They use the word in class, why can’t I, on a shirt?”
The dean of the school noticed the shirt during lunch time. Brianna was taken to the assistant principal’s office where they gave her a choice of changing shirts or go home.
The teen refused to change, so her mother was called by the dean. Her mom, Cathy Demato, sided with her daughter. She rushed to her daughter’s school to defend her and her right to wear the shirt.
“They’re discriminating against Brianna. They pulled her out of class for nothing,” says Cathy. “She’s not hurting anyone. It’s her right to wear that shirt.”
When the two wouldn’t leave school, the dean called safety agents to escort them off the school.
Newton High School Principal John Ficalora would not comment on the incident.
According to agency spokeswoman Margie Feinberg, the shirt worn by the teen likely caused “disruption and the language is inappropriate for school.”
Students at the high school have mixed feelings about the shirt.
One student said:
“I wouldn’t want my kids wearing a shirt like that. Go to the gay parade like that. Don’t go to school like that.”
Another student said:
“I have a lot of friends that wear shirts that are worse than that. They don’t get sent home.”
What do you think of this story? Did school officials overreact to the shirt?