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Florida 5th grader asked to remove Hooters face mask at school

Posted September 21, 2020 10:42 a.m. EDT
Updated September 21, 2020 10:51 a.m. EDT

— Greg Golba and his son, Ian, don't understand why the 11-year-old had to remove his Hooters mask at school on Tuesday.

"I don't think it's offensive at all, it's just a restaurant," said Ian, whose teacher at Sunset Park Elementary School in Windermere said something about it.

"I wore it and she said it was not appropriate for school," Ian said. "I asked her why, and she said if you really want to know why go ask the principal."

When Ian went to the principal's office, he was asked to remove the mask again.

"He told me to take it off three times and I asked him why, and he said just take it off," Ian said.

Ian had another mask at school and replaced the Hooters face covering.

His father said he'd worn the Hooters mask for four weeks, which is orange with the word "Hooters" printed all over it, and was only told twice recently to remove it.

"The principal told me it was deemed offensive to women and inappropriate," Greg Golba said. "There's nothing inappropriate about this mask."

The school district did not comment on disciplinary matters but said the Hooters mask violates the student dress code, which says in part, "The principal at each school reserves the right to determine what appropriate dress is for the school."

Golba said the family eats at Hooters often because they love the chocolate cake. He told his son to keep wearing the mask to school but to take it off if asked.

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