An Ohio school district accused of “shaming” a 9-year-old girl for wearing a shirt that depicted a deer she killed has issued a statement denying the allegation.
A Jan. 4 article in Outdoor News detailed what the author called “an incident of hunter shaming.”
According to the story, 9-year-old Domonique Yatsko recently killed her first deer. To mark the occasion, her family made her a sweatshirt with an image of the dead deer on it.
When Domonique wore the sweatshirt to school, her teacher allegedly told her that “killing animals is not what we do,” according to Outdoor News. Domonique was reportedly so upset that she threw her shirt in the garbage.
The article goes on to state that Domonique’s mother, Heidi, contacted the school hoping to receive an apology, only to be disappointed.
“The principal’s quote to me was, ‘We don’t have dead animals in school,'” Heidi told Outdoor News. “So I asked her what they serve in the cafeteria.”
Heidi also spoke to the Medina Gazette about the incident, saying that Domonique was humiliated.