School Bans Sesame Street Gang T-Shirts
Brockton High School has banned certain T-shirts featuring Sesame Street characters. But these aren't typical pictures of Big Bird and the crew. In some, Bert and Ernie are standing in a gang posture, armed with automatic weapons. Others feature Oscar the Grouch emerging from his garbage can, wielding a nine-millimeter handgun. Principal Susan Szachowicz says only a few of the shirts appeared, but that was enough for the school to ban them because of the violent, pro-gang message. She says the T-shirts also violate the school's dress policy.