Third grade teacher Chris Burrell was sent home from Pearl Haskew Elementary School in Mobile County, Alabama, for wearing a “Just Pray” T-shirt, which Burrell says does not promote religion.
Burrell wore the shirt to school in support of 11-year-old student Aubreigh Nicholas, who has a rare and inoperable brain tumor.
Burrell wrote about the incident on her now deleted Facebook post, reports the Daily Mail:
I purchased this shirt to raise money for #AubreighsArmy. I thought it was fitting to wear today since my kids were testing. I didn’t think twice about it. I wasn’t trying to promote religion, it was just my Monday feel good shirt.
However, Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek told WALA that the principal was just following the rules by not allowing Burrell to wear the shirt:
So at the point of looking and seeing “pray” on it, the principal said, can you put on a sweater or something, knowing that there are other people who object to that…we have to be cognizant of everyone’s beliefs or everyone’s thoughts in a public school.
We’re totally supporting [Aubreigh], I think that this was just an unfortunate connection there, but still the principal would have had to exercise her judgment.