Wednesday, 3.25.98 -- Mike Cameron, a high school senior in Evans, Ga., was suspened for wearing a Pepsi shirt on the school's Coke Day. The event was planned for the possibility of winning a contest ran by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Their first prize would be $500, with a small chance of winning the national $10,000 award. Cameron wore a shirt over his Pepsi shirt all day, until it came to picture time, when he revealed that his undershirt was pro-Pepsi. The teachers found it disruptive, disrespectful, and damaging to the picture. Cameron insists he wore the shirt as a joke. It is in his personality to be an un-conformer.
The Coke executives did not even notice his shirt. A spokeswoman for Coke said that the execs were not offended. She also said that she did not care because it was a joke and things like it happen all the time.
The school insists anyone who disrupts a school photo gets suspension, but Cameron's own mother and some others find the suspension very excessive. Personally, I wish the ACLU would sue the living hell out of the school for infringing upon Cameron's first amendment rights. Making obscene gestures in a school picture would be logical grounds for suspension, but Cameron was just exercising his legal freedom of speech. He has the legal right to wear any shirt he wishes.
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