Grendon Bailie, a 13-year-old student at Truman Middle School in Tacoma, Washington, was sent home today after showing up for school in a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey. The school has a seriously strict, seriously complicated dress code, but students were allowed to leave their uniforms at home and dawn football gear for "Seahawks appreciation day."â†µ
Of course, Bailie was wearing black and gold, not blue and teal. Here's what he said, following his early exit from school:â†µ
"Not everyone is a Seahawks fan - and if they got to wear their team stuff, then I should [get to], too."â†µ
Seems reasonable to me. At first, I felt bad for Bailie, as the school officials are obviously making a distinction without difference, taking a page from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's playbook and singling out the Steelers unfairly. (I'd like to think that Bailie was wearing a James Harrison jersey, just to drive the parallelism home.)â†µ
But the kid really came out on top here. First of all, he gets to root for the Steelers, not the Seahawks, who despite their shocking upset last week over the defending champion New Orleans Saints, are one of the worst playoff teams in recent memory. (Their regular season record was 7-9.) Secondly, he got to go home early - way to go, Grendon!â†µ
Maybe the principal of Truman Middle School is still miffed about Super Bowl XL?