USA Today – Michael Kelly is a high school student who plays on Wichita East’s special needs basketball team. His mother bought Kelly a letter jacket and a varsity letter to show his participation. But when Kelly, who has Down syndrome and autism, wore the jacket to school, he was forced to remove it and put on a sweatshirt instead.
According to school principal Ken Thiessen, it’s because Kelly isn’t actually on the varsity team.
“Teachers told the parents they would prefer he not wear the letter on his jacket,” Thiessen told KSN TV adding that he would not allow special needs teams to have letters. “We have considered it, and our decision was no. We decided that it is not appropriate in our situation because it is not a varsity level competition.”
Fuck Ken Thiessen and the parents that complained because Michael Kelly’s mom bought him a varsity jacket! Does that make your state championship look less of an accomplishment? If so, you need to check yourself. Did anyone bother to ask the players? Does it really bother them that much? I’d have mad respect for Michael if he wanted to walk around the halls with a varsity jacket and letter on. Would definitely help him pick up chicks.
I didn’t know varsity jackets were such a big deal anyways. But then again, were talking about some hick town high school in Kansas where it’s still a big deal. If you wore a varsity jacket at my high school you were probably a loser. The moral of this story however is fuck the principal and the parents who acted like little bitches. Put that latter back on and rock it proud Michael! You da man!