High school student Philippe Volek was suspended from Augustin-Norbert-Morin school in Sainte-Adèle Thursday for wearing a jersey to class, the Huffington Post reports.
Thursday was deemed a “national jersey day” in order to commemorate the victims of the Humboldt bus crash last Friday, in which 16 members of a Saskatchewan hockey team lost their lives. It was the latest in a series of grief-stricken messages and actions offered by Canadians across the country in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Philippe Volek, 14, tried to participate in the movement on the occasion of jersey day because the tragedy felt particularly relevant to him; he takes an hour-long bus ride to school each day, and realized this could have happened to him, or anyone.
However, upon his arrival to class, he was sent to the principal’s office for violating the school’s dress code. Then, after refusing to remove his jersey, he was suspended from school for the day. The school says Volek has a history of dress code violations and was using jersey day as an excuse.
Meanwhile, Canadians all over the country wore jerseys to school and work without any issues: