An Arkansas middle school is under fire for banning a student’s t-shirt which reads “Virginity Rocks.”
Although 13-year-old Cloe Rubiano is saving herself for marriage, school officials are unhappy she is sharing that message with students at Ramay Junior High. Rubiano purchased the shirt at a Christian festival to display her pro-life values. The shirt says “Virginity Rocks” on the front, and “I’m loving my husband and I haven’t even met him” on the back.
Rubiano told a local television news station: “I really like the shirt because I was always raised that way. I didn’t really think anyone would make a big deal out of it.”
“Rubiano said her vice principal told her that the shirt could distract the classroom environment, with the possibility that it ‘opens up too many doors for conversations,’” 5News reports.
Her mother told the television station she supports her daughter:
“I didn’t really see the big worry, but they called me to the office,” Rubiano said.
Rubiano said her vice principal told her that the shirt could distract the classroom environment, with the possibility that it “opens up too many doors for conversations.”
Chloe’s mother, Bambi Crozier, said she was surprised by the school’s decision.
“This is part of sex [education] to me. Virginity is where you need to be,” Crozier said.
Crozier said she found the shirt to be bold, but appropriate.
“It represents what she believes,” Crozier said. “I’m very thankful that Chloe has this belief.”
Crozier said she can also understand why the school made this decision.
Crozier had posted about the situation on her Facebook page. Crozier said a comment that her friend posted made her consider the other end of the topic.
“If you have the right to say (‘Virginity Rocks’), you also have the right to say, ‘Sex Rocks.’ And, I’m like, ‘Oh, Lord, he is right,’” Crozier said.
Rubiano had to change into a school-issued gym shirt for the remainder of the day on Thursday (Sept. 11).
Rubiano said she will still wear the “Virginity Rocks” T- shirt in public.