Typically, teenagers try to look their best on picture day. For Buckeye High School sophomore Mariah Harvard, it was a chance to push a racist agenda. She showed up to school wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt, somehow not realizing that people would find it offensive. So she was shocked when she was called to the office and told that the shirt was not appropriate for picture day.
“I wasn’t able to wear the shirt anymore because somebody made a complaint,” Harvard told KPNX-TV. “I was a little bit confused as to why I wouldn’t be able to wear something so meaningful to me.”
The assistant principal told her that the dress code prohibits clothing and accessories that can “disrupt the education process”. So Harvard changed her shirt, but not until she called her mother and complained.
The next day, another student, Genesis Santoyo, wore the same Black Lives Matter shirt in “solidarity”, and was also told that she had to change. And despite the fact that she wore the shirt as an act of protest, therefore violating the dress code, she still complained. ”
“I felt like I was being punished for who I am,” Santoyo, who is also black, told KPNX.
But the histrionics over the faux outrage weren’t over yet. Harvard’s mother, Roxann Harvard, claims that her daughter went back to school that Thursday scared that she was going to get “jumped”. Harvard and Santoyo also claimed that the school had a double standard, allowing Confederate flag shirts while banning their Black Lives Matter shirts. The school has since also banned Confederate flag clothing. Harvard has also said that it was a possibility that she could wear the same shirt to school again.
Of course, maybe Harvard has missed the point of going to school. It isn’t to make a statement and further an agenda, remember? The point is to get an education. Maybe she should focus on that, and worry about the activism later.