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Old 10-07-2023, 02:36 PM
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Teacher confiscated AKA shirt from girl at school

A teacher in Nashville saw that a child in her class was wearing an AKA shirt. Since the child is not a member, the teacher confiscated the shirt and gave the child a new shirt. Complicating matters...the child is white and got the shirt as a hand-me-down from the mother's friend.

I would think that, because "AKA" are Latin letters, which don't read as "Greek", the mother didn't know it was a "Greek" shirt. Plus, a general member of the public wouldn't know what the significance of 1908 is anyway. They probably thought it was just the logo of the clothing brand or something. The teacher could have addressed it differently than to take the little girl's shirt from her and sending her home in a different outfit.

Link: https://www.newschannel5.com/news/wh...-letters-on-it
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Old 10-07-2023, 03:37 PM
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Weíve got teachers teaching students how to make ďblack faceĒ art for Black History Month, so thatís lightweight, although not surprising to me. Some of these teachers donít need to be teaching.
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Old 10-07-2023, 07:27 PM
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Who handed down the shirt? Iíd start with that first. I know a lot of white Sigmas, so race isnít the issue for me. Itís the person that handed down the shirt that I would have a problem with.
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Old 10-07-2023, 07:55 PM
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I see a lot of Greek shirts at the Salvation Army and Goodwill, so maybe they got it there.
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Old 10-07-2023, 08:35 PM
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Who handed down the shirt? I’d start with that first. I know a lot of white Sigmas, so race isn’t the issue for me. It’s the person that handed down the shirt that I would have a problem with.
Honest question, the shirt appears to have been manufactured to be a child's sized shirt and, I assume, be marketed to children. Is the daughter of an AKA allowed to wear the shirt even though the child did not pledge and is not a member?


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I see a lot of Greek shirts at the Salvation Army and Goodwill, so maybe they got it there.
Possibly. If this was the case, are we to shame poor people who wear hand me downs or have to shop at a thrift store for clothes?
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Old 10-07-2023, 08:54 PM
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Honest question, the shirt appears to have been manufactured to be a child's sized shirt and, I assume, be marketed to children. Is the daughter of an AKA allowed to wear the shirt even though the child did not pledge and is not a member?
They usually specify. For kids, I’ve seen “Future (insert GLO), or my mom or my dad is a (insert GLO). That’s the first time I’ve seen a shirt designed for a kid without specifying. I’m a teacher myself (6th graders), and I felt the teacher was a bit out of line. You don’t take some clothes off of some parent(s) kid’s back. She should have figured a more appropriate way to handle the situation.

I’d be upset if saw anything PBS at a thrift store. I usually give my PBS items away to new members, or cut out the letters, shield, etc. frame it and hang it up somewhere in my house. Never do I just leave my letters in just anyone’s hands.
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Old 10-07-2023, 09:04 PM
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I had told Greeks to never give their old gear to shops like goodwill, as it could end up in the hands of a non member. Most organizations have t shirt swaps where you can sell old or unwanted gear, or you can try to give them to another member.
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Old 10-08-2023, 12:23 AM
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Who handed down the shirt? Iíd start with that first. I know a lot of white Sigmas, so race isnít the issue for me. Itís the person that handed down the shirt that I would have a problem with.
It's a shirt on a 7-year-old. Who cares?
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Old 10-08-2023, 10:27 AM
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It's a shirt on a 7-year-old. Who cares?
Iím assuming you saw the same clip I did, so obviously the teacher cared enough to snatch the shirt off the 7 year oldís back, as if she thought she was going to an AKA party to stroll, holding one pinky up, yelling ďSkee Wee!Ē Duh.
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Old 10-08-2023, 10:37 AM
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ASTalumna06, you're right. She's a kid. Who cares?

In summer 2020 (height of pandemic) I saw a 15-16 year old girl wearing a nice, clean, beautifully designed, 1991-dated IU Kite, Key and Anchor Party tshirt. She was in an ice cream parlor with several friends (no parents). I loved seeing her in the shirt, and wondered if/where she was a legacy.

Without having discussed the matter with the girl, my main takeaway was that she and her Mom must have shared some truly special, quality time that year discussing Greek Life.
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Old 10-08-2023, 10:40 AM
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Someone who makes Greek shirts has to be giving their overload to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Awhile back, I posted about how a bunch of teachers were riding down our main street and I saw some Guatemalan guys wearing pink AKA shirts with green sewn-on letters. We were close enough to them that I could see the folds from newly-opened shirts.

I commented to the elderly AKA in the middle of the seat something like, "Hey, look at your new sisters!" and she looked and screamed, "WHAT?" and started trying to climb over me and get out of the moving car! We had to hold her down to keep her from jumping out!
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Old 10-08-2023, 11:39 AM
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Iím assuming you saw the same clip I did, so obviously the teacher cared enough to snatch the shirt off the 7 year oldís back, as if she thought she was going to an AKA party to stroll, holding one pinky up, yelling ďSkee Wee!Ē Duh.
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Old 10-08-2023, 11:57 AM
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Now Iíve got this mental image of the 7 year old in the front with that substitute teacher all the way in the backÖ strolling Lol
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Old 10-08-2023, 07:05 PM
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Someone who makes Greek shirts has to be giving their overload to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
That's a plausible situation that I hadn't considered.
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Old 10-08-2023, 09:11 PM
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I did see some Chi Omega crafts at my local Salvation army, but I naturally didn't pick it up.

On the other end, what are the chances a Greek pops into a thrift shop, finds a shirt from their org, and buys it?
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