CONVERSE, Texas (CBS Houston) — Two sisters got in trouble for violating the school’s dress code by wearing a t-shirt honoring their father who was paralyzed in Afghanistan.
Savannah and Taylor Perez-Gorda were called into the Masters Elementary principal’s office and reprimanded for wearing a “Homes for our Troops” shirt – an organization that helps build homes for injured veterans.
Their father, Army Spc. Justin Perez-Gorda, was severely injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last year.
“I’m paralyzed,” Perez-Gords told KENS-TV. “I have TBI [traumatic brain injury].”
A Judson Independent School District spokeswoman said the girls got in trouble because it wasn’t the first time they violated the school’s dress code by wearing a shirt without a collar.
“We do have a standardized dress code,” spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor told KENS. “We certainly support the military, but we do have to be consistent across the board when it comes to following the dress code.”
The family says there is a good chance the non-profit organization will build them a new home.
“This organization may build us a home that is safe for my husband to be in,” wife Josie Perez-Gorda told KENS.
CBS Houston has reached out to the Judson Independent School District.