A week ahead of the annual 420 pot demonstration at the Vancouver Art Gallery, three students at Princess Margaret Secondary in Surrey were told to take off t-shirts that oppose marijuana use.
“The school tries to stop illegal drug use and they talk at assemblies countless times,” Grade 12 student Connor Fesenmair says, “and this is really confusing and I’m not really sure where they’re coming from.”
The shirt shows a marijuana leaf with a big red line running through it.
“They said the younger students are only going to see the green leaf and they’re going to completely bypass visually the whole red cross running through it. Now the red cross is pretty predominant, it’s a bright colour, and I definitely see it going through the leaf and I know what it means, and they think that people aren’t going to understand the whole anti-symbol. I don’t agree with them and we’re going to continue wearing the shirts.”
The group had been planning to protest at the 420 demonstration.
Doug Strachan with the Surrey School District says there is no ban on the shirts.
“They were asked, politely and respectfully, if they’d consider covering them up, just because of the depiction of the marijuana leafs and concerns about how that might land on other students, particularly those in the younger grades, and they refused and that was pretty much the end of it.”
He says the kids are in their classes right now wearing those shirts.