Florida boy Ian Golba, 11, thought he was just doing his part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a Hooters mask to school. Mask up, they told the students. Do your part. Flatten the curve. Then Ian’s principal stepped in and told him the mask violates the school code of conduct.
“Because it expresses a woman’s body,” Golba told Fox 35 in Orlando.
Enter Ian’s dad, Steve. He got right on the phone to have a word with this principal.
“He told me it was deemed offensive. I told him we go there as a family. We eat their wings, we watch sports. I said we have chocolate cake! We go there all the time it is not an offensive mask,” Steve told the TV station. Steve’s frustrated with the school because he says it’s a restaurant and all his son’s trying to do is live life and stop the spread.
A 5th grader says he was told to take off his Hooters mask again today at school, because it’s offensive. His father says there’s nothing offensive about a restaurant.#Fox35 @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/iKPXtJzeFQ
— Valerie Boey FOX 35 (@vboey) September 16, 2020
From the sound of things, Ian will be wearing a new mask to school and Steve’s going to make everything better by treating Ian to some wings, SPORTS (huge month coming up for father and son to enjoy, including Big Ten football — thanks to President Trump & Clay), and that famous chocolate cake that this family has enjoyed so many times — together!
Key word: together.
Steve’s not going to win the war with the principal, but the one thing Ian’s school can’t take away from them is that special time they spend TOGETHER talking sports and life at their local Hooters. There’s no need for Steve to continue railing against the principal. It’s only going to make things rough for his boy. Steve needs to keep thinking in his head that the principal eats boneless at Buffalo Wild Wings – and hates chocolate cake.
BTW, I tried to find the Hooters mask the boy wore to school. It’s not for sale on the Hooters site, but I found one you guys might like.