An elementary school principal came under scrutiny recently for having a student change out of her “Black Girl’s Rock” shirt, citing an issue with it being “problematic”.

According to Makiyah-Jae’s mother Sharika Jolly, her 8-year-old daughter has worn the tee to Popps Ferry Elementary before without any issues. So when Jolly called the school to question the decision, the principal explained that he chose to discipline Makiyah-Jae, even though the shirt did not violate any school policies.

A school district administrater, Arthur McMillan later called and issued an apology for the principal possibly “overreacting” about having the student change her shirt, stating that:

“Sometimes with decisions we make even as parents, we go back and look and think I wish I’d made that decision different. I think that’s the situation here. If he could make that decision again, he’d probably say ‘Hey, you know that’s not a big deal,’ but you’re always guarding against how do we not offend anybody.”

Jolly said she bought her daughter the shirt to help her combat self esteem issues, and she will continue to wear the shirt.

Do you think the principal had a point? Or was this another jab at the #blacklivesmatter movement and an irresponsible move on behalf of the school? Check out the news clip here

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