SAN FRANCISCO, Cali.– One school district’s ban on “I can’t breathe” t-shirts was lifted on Monday.
The boys and girls basketball teams at Mendocino High School wanted to wear black t-shirts that read “I can’t breathe” during a tournament in Fort Bragg, CA. in support of the fight to end racism.
But the Fort Bragg High principal banned the shirts as a “security precaution.”
The teams were not allowed to participate in the tournament until they agreed not to wear the shirts.
9 out of the 10 guys on the varsity team agreed not to wear the shirts so that they could play in the tournament, but the girls weren’t as easily swayed.
Here is a picture of the girls supporting their counterparts as they expressed their freedom of speech.
16-year-old Mendocino hooper, Connor Woods said, “People took [the slogan] to mean we do not support police in general.”
Some commenters on social media sites even argued that the students were literally supporting the murder of cops. Woods explained that wasn’t the point at all.
“Obviously, not all police officers have a part in police brutality,” he said. “The shirts are trying to convey that this is a problem that needs to be addressed in this nation… . It isn’t a problem in our county though.”
But within a matter of hours, the schools received an email stating that the ban had been lifted and the shirts would be allowed.
Although it was too late for the girls to enter the tournament, the boys would now be allowed to wear their shirts.
“I will be wearing the shirt, and I’m confident that others on the team will as well,” Woods said.