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Class of 2011 Sweatshirts Cause Controversy

The Arab American News, Posted: Jan 19, 2010

DEARBORN, Mich.A group of high school students class of 2011 sweatshirts recently sparked controversy, reports The Arab American News. According to the news report, nine Arab-American juniors at Edsel Fordson High School had to remove their sweatshirts because the design appeared related to the September 11, 2001 attacks and disturbed their peers. The back of the sweatshirts had the number 11 and seemingly resembled the World Trade Center towers, and a "thunderbird," the school's mascot, flying toward them with the quote, "You can't take us down."

Dearborn School District Communications Director David Mustonen said, "The shirts had a message that they [students] thought was positive, but it was misinterpreted or perceived differently than what they thought." A community meeting took place shortly afterwards to clarify any misconceptions and Principal Hassane Jaafar mailed parents letters asserting that student safety will remain prime priority.

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