Special Needs Student Forced To Remove Varsity Letter Jacket After Shithead Parent Complains

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Michael Kelley loves basketball and plays his heart out on the special needs team at East High School in Wichita, Kansas. He has such a passion for the game, that his mother purchased a varsity letter and put it on his varsity letter jacket. Michael, who has Down Syndrome and autism, was ecstatic about his jacket and proudly wore it everywhere.

However when one miserably despicable parent saw that Michael was wearing a varsity letter jacket she complained. School officials told Michael to take it off and was given a girl’s sweatshirt to wear instead.

The school’s policy states that only members of varsity teams are allowed to wear varsity letter jackets. Witchita East High School principal Ken Thiessen had the power to rectify the situation and just let Michael wear a varsity letter, but instead he shit the bed. He told KSN-TV, “We have considered (allowing special needs students to wear varsity letters) and our decision was no. That is not appropriate … because it is not a varsity-level competition.”

Another person who has about as much compassion as a rock.

While there is no district-wide policy banning special needs students from having varsity letter jackets, the school has the final say on the situation.

“It’s important for the district to recognize all of the students who participate in school activities as representatives of their school. Students have pride in being a part of the school community. We put priority on creating those opportunities to celebrate,” the school said in a statement on Friday.

Michael’s sister started the campaign of #GiveThemLetter on Twitter.


There was even a Change.org petition created by one of Michael’s classmates and it has gone viral, with over 25,000 signatures.

Fuck that ignorant parent. Fuck your rigid policies. Fuck your varsity letter.

Grant the special needs kids their own version of the varsity letter if you don’t have the empathy and moral wherewithal to just give them a regular varsity letter.

[KSN via Uproxx]