Shirts worn by the Smith-Cotton High School Band were confiscated by the school administrators because they portrayed the evolution of brass instruments. Some parents were upset that the t-shirts made reference to evolution and complained, and rather than defend the creative license of their students, the school administrators demanded that the t-shirts be confiscated. What makes this story more ridiculous is that the school administration justified their decision by claiming that the shirts violated the establishment clause of the first amendment, because they promoted evolution, which they proclaimed as a religious belief.
If the high school is unable to distinguish between school-promotion of religion and a t-shirt that makes a vague reference to the evolution of man (which is science and not religion, for the record) then it has a serious problem with understanding and implementing academic and constitutional standards inherent in running a public school. Any admissions official at a university who is looking over the transcript of an applicant from this Missouri high school has to give serious consideration as to exactly how to weigh an "A" in a biology class from a school district which cannot distinguish between promoting religion and vaguely referencing evolution. In case any readers from the Smith-Cotton High School administration are reading this, science is not a religion, and evolution has served as the keystone of biology for well over a century.
High school marching band can't wear evolutionary T-shirts,; Tonya Fennel; The Sedalia Democrat; 29AUG2009.