Student: Jersey flap ends with apology
The principal of a Louisiana high school has apologized to a student who was sent home for wearing an Indianapolis Colts jersey in the week leading up to the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
Brandon Frost, 17, was sent home last week when he wore a Colts jersey to class at Maurepas High School, in Livingston Parish, while the rest of his classmates were wearing black and gold Saints jerseys
School principal Steve Vampran had given students permission to wear a Saints jersey to school instead of their school uniforms. But Frost, who moved to Louisiana from Indiana three years ago, came to school wearing a Colts No. 29 Joseph Addai jersey.
Frost said Vampran told him he hadn't authorized students wearing Colts jerseys and asked "If you like Indiana so much, why don't you go back?," according to the Times-Picayune.
The story garnered national attention and drew the involvement of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, which wanted Frost's record cleared of any discipline over the incident.
A school board member suggested the two apologize to each other, and Frost said that happened on his return to school this week.
"He apologized for the way he handled it," Frost said, the newspaper reported Wednesday.
The newspaper reported Vampran could not be reached for comment. But Frost said he was satisfied. "He seemed sincere," Frost said.
Frost said he in turn apologized to Vampran for wearing the Colts jersey and for not seeking permission ahead of time.
"I apologized that I didn't come to him and ask him first," Frost said, according to the report. "I had generalized from how most administrators would react."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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