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Gresham eighth grader suspended for refusing to remove fallen soldier t-shirt

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A Gresham eighth grader has been suspended for an image on his t-shirt that his family says simply shows his patriotism.

Alan Holmes was wearing a shirt with an image that shows boots, a helmet, and a gun representing a fallen soldier memorial, and reads ‘Standing for those who stood for us.'

When the vice principal at Dexter McCarty Middle School saw the shirt, Holmes was asked to change. He then met with the principal who also asked him to change.

After refusing, Holmes' dad was called to take him home.

School officials said they weren't able to comment on specific student issues because of confidentiality rules, but they believe that weapons on a shirt are inappropriate for a school setting.

The Holmes family is standing by Alan's decision to wear the shirt to school because his brother was in the Marines and it shows military pride.

Holmes says he now plans on doing an in-depth research project to learn more about the soldier memorial in his spare time.

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