Scotland Teenager Faces Threats From School For T-Shirt Against Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 3, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 3
, 2007

London, England ( — A teenager in the UK is facing threats from her school for wearing a t-shirt that has a message opposing abortion. Sarah Scott, a 16 year-old who gave birth just four months ago, says the staff at Banff Academy complained when she wore a shirt with the message "Abortion is Murder” printed on it.

Scott attends the Aberdeenshire, Scotland school and wore the shirt on a day when students are permitted to wear casual clothes instead of their normal uniforms.

While the school maintains the shirt was offensive and threatened to kick her out if she wore it again, Scott says other shirts are more offensive.

She pointed to shirts worn by students promoting pornography or lewd magazines.

“I was wearing the T-shirt when a teacher approached me and that I was never to wear it again because she found it offensive. I was told I could be excluded from school if I wear it again," she told the BBC about what happened.

Scott talked about why she wore the shirt, saying the recent birth of her son solidified her pro-life views.

“I was not just wearing the T-shirt for the shock factor — it is something I am passionate about; it is wrong to kill a baby," she explained.

"I feel I am the one being targeted because I am anti-abortionist. It’s not fair because other people get to air their views — wearing a crucifix, for example, as a sign of religion," she told the BBC.

Responding to the situation, an Aberdeenshire Council spokesman told the BBC: "It was felt the statement on the T-shirt was inappropriate in a school setting and had the potential to cause offense."