Lowndes Student Suspended for Wearing Valdosta Sweater

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

UPDATE 10/8, 7:45 p.m., by Gabrielle Sarann--

Mark Loveday, 15, says he received a week long in-school suspension.

Loveday continued to wear his Wildcats sweatshirt to school this week, despite the controversy it's caused.

He's a Wildcats fan, whereas his mom, Keisha Moore, roots for the Vikings.

He says, he's had to report to the ISS room, during a critical time: the midterm exam period.

Moore says she's upset because her son wasn't the only student who wore Wildcats paraphernalia to school this week.

"The only person that had a problem was my teacher," said Loveday. "My classmates said they didn't mind. Football players said they didn't mind. So, I don't see how I'm disrupting people"

The Lowndes County school system says they're unavailable to comment until Monday.


Valdosta, Georgia --

On Tuesday, October 5, Keisha Moore says her son, 15-year-old Mark Loveday, showed up to school wearing a Wildcats Hoodie-Sweater.

Moore said her son was asked by the teacher to either take off the sweater or flip it inside out.

When Loveday decided not to, his mother says he was sent to In-School-Suspension.

Moore said that the school says they put him in ISS because his sweater was a distraction.

"I'm upset about it because that's what I told him also, it's just a game. I said the kids are not caring about it. I said the adults were the ones making a big deal out of it. I said if the kids don't care and your hollering it's for the kids. What's the big deal. But I was really upset about it," said Moore.

We contacted Lowndes High about the situation, but they have stated that they have no comment.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2010 at 09:28 PM
    I don't understand why this was made into such a big deal. There is nothing wrong with wearing the VHS shirt to LHS, students wear VHS shirts to LMS and nothing happened with that. I would be more concerned about the low-cut shirts and short shorts/skirts worn by girls and boys wearing their pants with their butts hanging out and students wearing clothes advertising alcoholic beverages than a student wearing a VHS shirt. All of those things are a lot more distracting than a VHS shirt/jacket. I think that was a teacher with a problem and trying to show authority than a problem with the shirt. There are a lot more important things to be worried about than a VHS shirt. If other students have worn the samething to school, then why was this student singled out. Parents wake up and find out what is going on in your schools, you have no idea. The student is not always wrong and the adult is not always right. If you spent a day in the school, you would be shocked at what you saw.
  • by theonedatknows Location: valdosta on Oct 9, 2010 at 01:58 AM
    just bc you are an adult doesnt mean that u are right just because you are a teacher doesnt mean u are right teacher, principals, superintendents, staff. ect. lies just like everyone else. and who havent used profanity frm time to time come on people are you serious. we are looking pass the victom and his mom making them out 2 b bad people. 4 what? What parent want stand up 4 their child. Mark dnt like LHS football his mom does. Mark likes LHS basketball and is tryn out 4 da team. so think was he tryn to cause a disturbance or does he like what he likes. I dnt lik e onions if my teacher told me to eat an onion I wouldnt. last but not least mark's mom did not tell him 2 wear the sweatshirt the next day he chose 2 stand up 4 his rights and she backed him up. Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Park think about it marks mom has taught him 2 be a leader not a follower,to stand up 4 his rights. is that so wrong? dnt judge a book by its cover
  • by someonedatknows Location: valdosta on Oct 9, 2010 at 01:33 AM
    mark did not cause a distraction and I have proof saying so from the students in that class. this WASNT Marks first time wearing this sweatshirt he also wore a similar sweatshirt last year 2 the same school. Mark WASNT the only student wearing LHS logos. If you cant punish one student you must punish them all which DID NOT happen.Maybe if Mark was asked in a respectful manner he might not had a problem with taking off his sweatshirt. People talk 2 their dogs better than that. He WASNT disrespectful when he refused 2 take it off. he said "No" in a calmly manner and with his normal voice he didnt act out in any way. girls with short shorts or skirts arent made 2 take them off it dont matter if they are wearing them 2 school for a football game,its still distracting.Mark's mom didnt cuss out the principal she told the superintendent that he was actn like an a**hole. Yall are degrating her it sound to me u are the one with prblms.the sch have 2 say sumthing negative 2 make them look good
  • by Anonymous Location: valdostas on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:09 PM
    if a sweatshirt could distract a teached then he/she dont need to teach.would u wear your shirt inside out.if it was your child Im sure u would stand up 4 them also. kids have rights just like everyone else does.so what if it was ISS the FACT is he was punished 4 nothing if u punish one punish them all. And to call the kid a punk is so immature. and so wat he wasnt beaten he was violated. he likes who he likes, seem like his point to them was its just a sweatshirt. so what he wasnt suspended from school HE STILL WAS PUNISHED FOR NO REASON.put your child in his shoes then judge him.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Let's assume that the sweater WAS causing a distraction in the classroom... enough of a distraction that the teacher asked the student to flip the sweater inside out (as stated in the article). Why not just do as the teacher asked and be done with it? The student sounds like a potential punk kid to me.
  • by AB Location: Valdosta on Oct 8, 2010 at 12:49 PM
    This is ridiculous. This made the news, the local paper, and every conversation had in town today. It has blown an insignificant incident out of all proportion. Do I think the school was in the wrong? Yes. But SO WHAT! It's a SWEATSHIRT. The kid wasn't beaten. He wasn't even really suspended. It was an IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION. This has just become fodder for all the people who love a conflict.
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Oct 8, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    Someone should suspend the teacher and the administration for being stupid.
  • by sportsmanship Location: valdosta on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    Was the teacher a member of the athletic dept.? Maybe a coach. Just asking
  • by Brad Location: Tallahassee on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    Thats right, they need to show their school spirit! Its called a rivalry for a reason people.
  • by WCTV Viewer Location: Georgia on Oct 8, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    This is so immature! Hey, if SOME teachers were are FOCUSED on teaching as they were about this, Georgia may NOT be so low on educational RATINGS!!! There is nothing wrong with a healthy rivalry, but THIS is ridiculous, especially with a so-called ADULT. If the pricipal was worth a grain of salt he/she would have OVERTURNED this ridiculous action & set this teacher straight. This was just stupid!
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