T-Shirts Seemingly Memorializing Dead Students With 'Bye, Felicia' Banned By Mississippi School District
The phrase was used to memorialize three dead students.
Students at a Mississippi high school were banned from wearing their senior T-shirts after oddly using "Bye, Felicia" to memorialize three dead students.
The senior class at Pascagoula High School was barred from wearing the attire after parents expressed outrage when the phrase was used to acknowledge the deaths of Blayze M. Broadus, Jonathan McCommon and Matthew Russell Parker, according to The Sun Herald. The students began receiving the shirts last Thursday.
The T-shirt was upsetting to many community members, including Vicki Broadus, Blayze’s grandmother.
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“I’m just crushed by this,” Vicki said. “What else could they do? What other pain does a parent have to go through? You just begin to stop crying every day and then some idiot comes up with something like this. I don’t get it. I just don’t get it. This is just disgraceful.”
The three boys who were featured on the shirts are all white, according to pictures acquired by The Daily Mail.
Students designed the shirt with the assistance of school administrators. Pascagoula School Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich banned the shirts from campus and school events the following Friday.
“The names on the back of the shirts, I believe, were well-intentioned. I think that was a way to honor those students, but when you look at the front of the shirt and the back of the shirt, it was not appropriate,” he said.
Rodolfich said the shirt designed approved by the district did not have the memorial. Students will receive new shirts on the district’s dime.
“It was added outside of the protocol of the school district,” Rodolfich continued. “The school district is going to let the students get new senior shirts that are in good taste. The school district is going to pay for it.”
The school announced the replacement on its Facebook page:
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