Students at a school in Connecticut have been banned from wearing Odd Future t-shirts.
Teachers at the Tyrrell Middle School had believed that students wearing the shirts, which feature the cat image with an upside down crucifix on its head, were showing their love for fluffy animals, but soon moved to outlaw them when they realised the kids were Odd Future fans. NBC quotes a school official as saying that the hip-hop collective, featuring Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, “stands for something vile.”
Superintendent Joseph Macary from the school added, “The Wolcott Public Schools believes in and supports the First Amendment rights of students, in accordance with both court decisions and the policies of the Wolcott Board of Education. The Wolcott Public Schools has always and will continue to allow students their rights of free expression, so long as all students exercise their rights without creating a substantial disruption to the educational environment for all students.”
Meanwhile, Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator will release his new album ‘Wolf’ this April. The rapper has announced plans to play a one-off UK show at London’s O2 Islington Academy on March 30. He will also play headline shows in Paris and Berlin, with the gigs taking place in the middle of his headline tour of North America.