August 26th, 2009 13:25 EST
Fla. Student Sent Home for Wearing Anti-Islam Shirt
GAINESVILLE -- A 10-year-old girl was sent home on her first day back to school in Gainesville for wearing a shirt that was deemed offensive.
Faith Sapp wore a shirt to class Monday with the words `Islam Is Of The Devil` printed on it. The words are the same of those at an outreach center where her father serves as the pastor.
The girl`s dad let her wear the shirt, but the school says it is against the dress code. The code states that a child must dress in a way that is not offensive or inappropriate. (More)
`ISLAM IS OF THE DEVIL` SHIRT APPEARS AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - TOP
Christopher Curry, Gainesville Sun, 8/24/09
A student at Talbot Elementary School wore a shirt bearing the message "Islam is of the devil" on the first day of school and was sent home for violation of the school district`s dress code.
Asked about a report of the dress code violation, School District spokeswoman Jackie Johnson confirmed that a student did wear a shirt with the anti-Islam message and was sent to the school office until a parent could come. Johnson said the student`s parent had the option of bringing another shirt for the child to change into or taking the child home and opted to take the child home.
The Dove World Outreach Center, a church in northwest Gainesville, began to draw protesters in July after posting a sign that read "Islam is of the devil" on its property. The Dove World Outreach Center is approximately one mile from the Talbot campus. School district officials would not comment on the identity of the student, or whether the child was a member of the Dove Outreach Center congregation, because of privacy issues.