ABILENE, Texas — An Abilene High School student is selling a controversial t-shirt in support of their crosstown rival, Cooper High School.
Cooper plays Wylie High School on Thursday, the first ever varsity football game between the two schools after Wylie moved into 5-A this summer.
The front of the t-shirt says "Money can't buy class or save that a**"
While the back reads "#UnitedAgainstWylie" and includes the logos for AHS, Clyde, Merkel and Jim Ned.
Abilene ISD released the following statement:
“The message on the shirt in no way whatsoever reflects our feelings toward Wylie, or any school for that matter. We are looking forward to Thursday night’s event featuring many of our community’s finest young athletes, musicians and spirit groups.”
The district also said the t-shirt violates the Abilene ISD student dress code.
"Any student wearing the shirt will be asked to remove it, turn it inside out, or leave the stadium.
Wylie ISD Superintendet Joey Light had no comment on the controversy when asked by KTXS. But the district later posted this message on Facebook.
"The Wylie Bulldogs are excited to have the opportunity to play the Cooper Cougars this Thursday night at Shotwell Stadium! As part of the Abilene community, we have grown up together, worked together, played youth sports together, celebrated together and Thursday night we come together to represent our schools on the field and in the stands. What an awesome opportunity to celebrate this wonderful place we call home-Abilene, Texas!"
Clyde CISD said it did not endorse the shirt or give permission for its logo to be used.
Merkel ISD and Jim Ned CISD said virtually the same thing in their statements.
"Jim Ned CISD did not endorse or give permission for our School’s logo to be used on the t-shirts that are being created for the Wylie vs. Cooper football game this week. JNCISD is not involved in any hype associated with the game."