It’s a mask the whole family can enjoy.
A Florida father defended his fifth-grade son wearing a Hooters mask to school after the face covering was declared “offensive” by his principal, Fox 35 in Orlando reports.
“He told me it was deemed offensive,” Steve Golba told the outlet in discussing a phone call he had with the principal.
“I told him we go there as a family,” Golba continued. “We eat their wings, we watch sports. I said we have chocolate cake! We go there all the time. It is not an offensive mask.”
His son Ian, 11, has worn the mask to class at Sunset Park Elementary since school reopened in August.
But after his principal told him it was “inappropriate” — “because it expresses a woman’s body,” Ian explained — both father and son are not sure what all the fuss is about.
"He’s not thought that there is anything wrong with this mask, nor does he think there’s anything wrong with the restaurant," Steve Golba said.
The father went on to explain the unwelcome attention Ian received for the mask.
"He was afraid he was going to get reprimanded, in trouble and perhaps suspended from school,” Steve said. “I’ve never viewed it as anything but a restaurant. Do we feel women’s bodies are offensive? I don’t know. I don’t. The Principal told me that it was inappropriate. I said I don’t understand why it’s inappropriate. There’s nothing wrong with that mask".
But the episode doesn’t make any difference in the family’s regard for the establishment. They plan to go back.
“We do like the chicken wings,” Steve said. “They have the best chicken wings.”
When asked for comment by the outlet, the school said that while it couldn’t comment on this specific case, masks fall under the dress section of the Student Code of Conduct.