CLEVELAND — A young girl in junior high was shocked when she saw that her T-shirt was edited in her class photo, according to WXIX.
The word, feminist, printed on Sophie Thomas’ T-shirt in the original 8th grade class photo is missing from the final product, WXIX reported. Thomas said she found out while looking at a picture her friend ordered.
The middle schooler told WXIX she doesn’t understand why the word “feminist” was offensive enough to take action.
“I checked it to make sure I didn’t look dumb or anything, closing my eyes,” Thomas told WXIX. “I saw that they that they had removed the word from my shirt, and I was insanely upset.”
The school’s principal told WXIX the shirt doesn’t violate the school’s dress code but did say the decision to edit the photo belonged to her.
The principal told WXIX that the photo is typically purchased by students and displayed in the school. She told WXIX she wanted to keep it as least controversial as possible.
“They didn’t inform me about this,” Thomas told WXIX. “They just did it without any permission.”
Thomas told WXIX her decision to wear the shirt on picture day she says was unintentional. She also said that she’s worn it before and this time was wearing it simply because of a conversation with another student.
“I was just showing everybody that this is me, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to be my friend,” Thomas told WXIX. “But I’m going to stand up for what I believe in.”
Thomas, her mother and school officials met a few days ago, according to WXIX. The plan now is to start a bigger conversation about the social issue in the hallways.
“I’m happy that she’s getting so much support behind something she really believes in,” her mother Christine Thomas told WXIX.