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Teacher sent home to change her ‘just pray’ shirt because it violated the school’s dress code policy

  • Chris Burrell, a third grade teacher in Alabama, said she was sent home and asked to change after she showed up to class with a ‘just pray’ t-shirt on
  • School officials said the shirt violated dress code, which states that students and teachers are not allowed to wear clothing that promotes a certain belief
  • Burrell said she was not trying to promote religion and purchased the shirt to support 11-year-old Aubreigh Nicholas, who is battling an inoperable brain tumor

A teacher in Alabama said she was told to go home and change after she showed up to class on Monday with a t-shirt that had the words ‘just pray’ on it.

Chris Burrell, a third grade teacher at Pearl Haskew Elementary School in Mobile County, posted about the incident on her Facebook page writing that she ‘didn’t think twice’ about wearing the shirt and had never had something like that happen in her 15 years as a teacher.

‘My heart hurts,’ she wrote.

Chris Burrell, a teacher in Alabama, said she was sent home because of her ‘dress pray’ t-shirt 

School officials said Burrell's shirt violated the dress code policy, which states that teachers and students can’t wear clothing that reflect a certain belief

School officials said Burrell’s shirt violated the dress code policy, which states that teachers and students can’t wear clothing that reflect a certain belief

Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek told WALA that the principal asked Burrell to change because the shirt violated the school’s dress code policy, which states that teachers and students can’t wear clothing that reflect a certain belief.

‘So at the point of looking and seeing “pray” on it, the principal said, can you put on a sweater or something, knowing that there are other people who object to that… we have to be cognizant of everyone’s beliefs or everyone’s thoughts in a public school,’ Peek told the outlet.

Burrell said she was not trying to ‘promote religion’ when she wore the shirt to class. In fact, she said she purchased the t-shirt to support Aubreigh Nicholas, an 11-year-old girl who was diagnosed last year with a rare and inoperable brain tumor.

‘I purchased this shirt to raise money for #AubreighsArmy. I thought it was fitting to wear today since my kids were testing,’ Burrell wrote. ‘I didn’t think twice about it. I wasn’t trying to promote religion, it was just my Monday feel good shirt.’

Aubreigh Nicholas

11-year-old Aubreigh Nicholas

Burrell said she was not trying to promote religion. She purchased the shirt to support 11-year-old Aubreigh Nicholas (pictured), who is battling an inoperable brain tumor

Peek said the principal was unaware the shirt was in support of Nicholas and they are ‘totally supporting’ the young girl.

‘I think that this was just an unfortunate connection there, but still the principal would have had to exercise her judgment,’ Peek explained.

Burrell’s Facebook post received hundreds of likes and comments before she deleted it. 

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