Nate Jackson / December 14, 2015

These Are Not the Weapons You’re Looking For

Kid can’t wear his Star Wars T-shirt to school.

The Zero-Tolerance Empire strikes back. This time, a Houston seventh grader was informed he had to zip up his jacket to cover his Star Wars T-shirt because it portrayed a stormtrooper holding a — gasp! — blaster. (It is called Star Wars, after all.) The boy’s father was incredulous, saying, “It’s political correctness run amok. You’re talking about a Star Wars T-shirt, a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns or making a stand. It’s just a Star Wars shirt.” Not to Sith dealing in absolutes school officials bound by zero-tolerance policies it isn’t. The school’s handbook lists potential violations of dress code. Among them are “symbols oriented toward violence.” And if there’s anything more obnoxious than Jar Jar Binks, it’s school officials who can’t make rational decisions about school policy. But hey, at least the kid didn’t chew his Pop Tart into a blaster. Administrators might have thrown him into the sarlacc pit for that one.

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