What could be sillier than affixing a fig leaf to Michaelangelo's David and removing paintings from a men's restroom in a restaurant because they have nekkid people in them? Why, getting into a lather over the slogan on a high school senior class T-shirt, that's what. Only in Montgomery County.
Each year, the seniors decide on a T-shirt design for the class and sell them for $10 each to raise funds for the graduation party. This year, parents Debbie Cope and Leslie McManus say parents routinely went through a national catalog and selected shirts with the phrase "Kiss My Class Goodbye!!! 2003."
Cope told local reporters that to avoid any problems with misconstrued meanings, the parents put in the order for the slogan to appear on the front -- rather than the back -- of the shirts.
The design was approved, but after the shirts arrived, Principal Bobby Morris banned them from campus as a violation of the district's dress code.
Morris told the Conroe Courier that the language is "suggestive of vulgarity not appropriate for school" and claimed he had never approved the message. Angry parents have held several meetings with Morris and Superintendent Bob Smith.