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Teacher To Kid: Turn Yankee Shirt Inside Out!

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Riled-up sports fans can be notoriously obnoxious to fans of their rival team. But I could hardly believe this display of madness myself, and I'm a Red Sox fan who's seen serious shizz go down.

Nathan Johns

Vivian Manning-Schaffel: An article featured on Syracuse.com says a kid was forced to wear his Yankees shirt inside out all day by a grown-up Red Sox fan -- his fourth grade teacher!

Nine-year-old Nathan Johns didn't think his teacher, Peter Addabbo, was serious when he told him to go to the boys' room and pull the shirt switch around. The article quotes Nate as saying, "I thought to myself 'Is he serious or is he kidding?' But he had this look like he wasn't kidding at all."

Addabbo then told the kid to wear his shirt inside out for the rest of the day. Nate's suffering continued at the hands of fifth graders, who made fun of him at lunch.

Still, Nate's pissed off -- and if you ask me, he's got every right to be. "Just because my teacher doesn't like the Yankees, I should still have the right to wear a Yankees shirt," he said. Apparently, the teacher has Sox stuff up all over his classroom.

Now, if you know anything about the Yankee/Red Sox rivalry or any sports rivalry in general, it often morphs full-grown mature functional humans into primal beings barely capable of adhering to acceptable social mores. As a native Bostonian with a real live Yankee employee for a brother-in-law, my kid could easily fall victim to this kind of nonsense. But we're great pals ... and sane.

The school superintendent said they are looking into the incident. Meanwhile, poor Nate has to deal with the aftermath of being bullied by his own teacher.

"It was such a horrible day," Nate said. "I don't ever want anything like that to happen again."

SO WHAT if the kid wore the shirt during last week's Yanks/Sox playoffs? This abuse of authority violates the kid's First Amendment rights, no? It's not like his shirt said "F*** the Sox" or anything provocative that couldn't be shown around school. It was a team shirt, for crying out loud. Supporting his home team! The kid had every right to wear it.

Think the kid was bullied? I think the teacher should be ordered to strip the paraphernalia off the classroom walls and wear it home with nothing underneath. But that's just me.

In your opinion, what's a fitting slap-on-the-wrist for the teach?


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13 comments so far | Post a comment now
anon October 1, 2009, 5:07 PM

Well, technically speaking, no rights were violated. As a minor, rights like his freedom of speech are given to his guardian, and during school hours schools take the position of every students’ guardian. Essentially, the teacher has every right to determine what the students can and can’t say.
Also, the right to ‘Free Speech’, despite its usual misinterpretation, does not give people the right to say whatever they want, it gives them the right to make any political statements they want. So yeah, unless that t-shirt was a political statement, the first amendment doesn’t even come into play.

Noah October 1, 2009, 5:33 PM

Regardless of the 1st amendment, the teacher has no authority over the student’s wardrobe unless it violates school dress code. Would you think it would be fair if the teacher told all the kids who were wearing the color blue that they had to go and change?

Yankeesfan18 October 1, 2009, 5:33 PM

The teacher should have to wear a Yankees shirt to school. He should have to wear one every Friday for the rest of the year AND take down all of his Red Sox stuff. He should also stand in front of the school, students, parents and faculty and apologize to the student and offer the student a brand new shirt of his favorite player.

chris October 2, 2009, 4:49 AM

I think this teacher was WAY out of line. If I was that kid parent, I would go out and buy him tons of Yankee shirts and have him wear one everyday to school! Teachers are so unprofessional these days.

katherine October 2, 2009, 10:42 AM

how can you say the kids rights weren’t violated no teacher has the right to tell a kid to turn his shirt inside out or embaress him like that i,m a teacher and parent this teacher was competely out of line and should be pu ished maybe they should be forced to go to a yankee game and be introduced to the crowd

poppiesinoz October 6, 2009, 8:22 AM

say what? NO way that teacher had the right to make hm do that then the other kids were laughing at him…thats bullying by a adult and that wrong IMO, he ought to be suspended and have to make a full apology to that kid in front of all the other kids he needs to show what he did was totally wrong to the kids,so they can learn from this dumb move he made !

dedade October 12, 2009, 4:47 PM

haha this teacher knows what hes doin thata way!!!

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Jimmy August 27, 2010, 9:26 PM

The 1st amendment (and the rest of the Bill of Rights) are protections from offenses committed by the federal government. Not teachers.

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