Cooper Barton: Oklahoma Principal Makes Elementary Student Turn His Michigan Shirt Inside Out

By Bryan Lutz – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |

People. They’re the worst. Jerry Seinfeld said this during an episode of Seinfeld, and that phrase was never more accurate than today. The state of Oklahoma loves their Sooners and Cowboys. There is no denying that. But until today, we didn’t realize exactly how much they love them.

Cooper Barton is a 5-year old kid. Being a 5-year old, he’s pretty clueless about a lot of things. Cooper was born and raised a Michigan fan, so like most kids, they want to look cool on their first day of school. Cooper decided to wear his “Big House” Michigan football T-shirt to Kindergarten. I, like Cooper, always rocked out sports shirts and jerseys when I was his age, so it shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Wrong.

The principal of the school forced little Cooper to turn his shirt inside out because it violated the school dress code. That’s right. It is against the school’s dress code to wear any athletic apparel from other schools and pro teams outside the state of Oklahoma. So if somebody rocked a LeBron Heat jersey, he’d likely be expelled. Joking. Well, maybe I’m not joking. Who really knows anymore?

Here is a quote from the superintendent about the incident:

“This has presented an opportunity to review the current OKCPS District Dress Code Policy that has been in place since 2005. It states that clothing bearing names or emblems of all professional and collegiate athletic teams (with the exception of Oklahoma colleges and universities) are prohibited. In cooperation with the Oklahoma City Police Department Gang Task Force, the policy was approved in 2005 after concerns that nationwide gangs used popular sports clothing to represent individual gangs. As when any policy is questioned; OKCPS administration will review the policy to determine if changes need to be made.” –Karl Springer, Superintendent

It’s clear little Cooper is a crip trying to peddle drugs because he is a Michigan football fan. Any Notre Dame fan would agree!

Seriously though, this is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard. Hopefully, this is reviewed and Cooper can rock out a Michigan #1 jersey in the near future. That is if the #1 means anything to Michigan anymore. Good job, Rich Rod.

Bryan is a featured writer for Rant Sports. Although he concentrates mostly on the game of baseball, you can find him covering things all over the Rant Sports Network.

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