EXETER, R.I. — In yet another case of oppressing Americans' love of country, Exeter West Greenwich Regional high school junior Brad Reynolds was admonished by administrators earlier this week for wearing his Vietnam veteran father's ear necklace to school.
"My dad brought this back from 'Nam and he passed it onto me when he died. It was his most prized possession. He used to wear it every day to show his patriotism and how much he had sacrificed for this country," Reynolds told Duffel Blog. "Nobody has ever complained about it before."
Reynolds recounted how school administrators, along with the West Greenwich Police Department school liaison, approached him during his fourth hour study period and inquired about the patriotic fashion statement. He was then politely asked to take it off .
"I could see if it was a Mother Jones t-shirt or something that might offend somebody," he added. "But these North Vietnamese ears are my birthright. I mean, yeah, they are little rubbery and smell like death, but nobody has ever complained about them being in their way or nothin'."
To combat the obvious discrimination, Reynolds rallied supporters on Facebook, Twitter, and Tinder, and pretty soon he had over 70 fellow students bringing family war trophies from the past 250 years of American conflicts.
"My grandfather gave me this bloody SS jacket, complete with swastika brassard from Auschwitz in WWII," sophomore Jill Bradley told Duffel Blog while strutting around outside her homeroom. "If it wasn't for men like him we would all be speaking German."
A sizable crowd gathered outside the school to cheer for the students, and the local VFW also had members saluting students as they drove in, proudly displaying their own ear necklaces.
Principal Mary Blackstone understands that this is a sensitive subject and wants to ensure the community that they support our men and women in uniform.
“Due to the outstanding display of patriotism and impotent rage through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy,” she said in a statement. “School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding the wear and display of appendages taken as mementos of horrendous events and are allowing it as it can be a teachable moment in the classroom."
Reynolds' mother told Duffel Blog she is proud of her son. She encourages him to keep wearing the ears, whatever the rules might say, even if it means leaving school or being the primary suspect in an unsolved rash of grisly murders.
"Besides," she added, "no ever complained before."