PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two years after a student was sent home from school for wearing a rock band T-shirt with the numerals 666, a state Education Department official ruled Wednesday that the school was wrong to do so.
Robert Parker, 18, was a sophomore at Westerly High School when school officials sent him home and ordered him never to wear the T-shirt to school again, saying it posed a threat to school order. He graduated last month.
On Wednesday, Hearing Officer Paul Pontarelli ruled that Parker had not caused any disruption warranting being excluded from school.
He ordered any mention of punishment related to the T-shirt — bearing the numerals some believe refer to Satan and the name of the now-defunct rock band — expunged from Parker's educational record.