This is one kid who definately stands above the rest.
Place "My kid is a Steeler fan." bumber sticker here->
OHIO FIFTH-GRADER PUNISHED FOR WEARING STEELERS COLORS ON BROWNS' SPIRIT DAY
Steelers fan getting last laugh
Thursday, September 16, 1999
By Gene Collier, Post-Gazette Staff Writer
The Steelers indicated yesterday they'd reach out to Ohio fifth-grader Eric Nutter, who was punished in his classroom for wearing a Kordell Stewart jersey on Browns' spirit day.
Club spokesman Ron Wahl said the team had taken several calls about the story, and would have some response, but that details would be not be made public.
Perhaps they'll invite Drew Carey to their offices and force him to do the laundry, but we won't speculate.
Eric told WKYC-TV in Cleveland that he got a phone call from Stewart. "He asked me how good I was doing in school and told me that if I have any more problems with his jersey that he'll come down and help me," Eric said.
Eric, 11, came home crying from Western Reserve Middle School in Collins, Ohio, on Friday because his teacher had made him turn his desk around and push it into a corner of the room -- approximating the distance traveled by the Cleveland offense in a 43-0 pasting by the Steelers Sunday night. Only when the straight-A student put on a Cleveland Indians shirt he'd brought for gym class was he permitted to turn his desk around.
Eric and his mother, Debbie, are lifelong Steelers fans, and obviously couldn't comply with the Browns theme.
Rivalries being not for the squeamish, they expected some disapproval from Eric's classmates, but figured it would stop short of school-enforced humiliation.
Western Reserve schools Superintendent Dennis Bahmer told the (Lorain, Ohio) Morning Journal that the teacher had been reprimanded and had apologized to Eric and his family, and that the district apologized as well, but that the teacher would not be suspended or subjected to additional discipline.
Robert Counts, Eric's stepfather, said the teacher's actions amounted to discrimination and that he was prepared to take the district to court.