School denounces shirt made for senior class

Posted at 7:07 PM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 22:07:54-04

A T-shirt has triggered a stern warning from administrators at Clairemont High School.

"It's not OK at all," said Clairemont High junior Narce Rosario.

A source at the school emailed 10News an image of the shirt that shows the word "Chiefs," which is a short version of the school's nickname.

However, below it is the letter N and G and A, and between the first the letters is the number 16 -- presumably for the class of 2016. The words that come after are "We made it."

"It's not right, especially to represent our school like that," said sophomore Alyssa Miller.

The school's principal said no students have shown up to school wearing the shirt, but most students 10News spoke to had seen the image.

Administrators have also seen it, and 10News obtained a letter sent to parents of seniors Thursday. It says the school is aware of a T-shirt made for the class of 2016. It goes on: "These shirts are inappropriate to say the least and will not be tolerated. If a student is seen wearing this shirt then he or she will be sent to the office immediately to have a new shirt issued and or sent home from school."

10News showed the image of the shirt to the head of the local branch of the NAACP.

"I think it's offensive because of the suggestion that it makes of a racial slur and the school has taken the appropriate step," said Dr. Andre Branch.

African-American students make up about 3 percent of the school body.

10News learned the school found out about the shirt via social media.

The school's principal said the shirt's creator has not been identified.