High school student sends powerful message with a simple t-shirt

Lauren Sharkey
A Texas teen proved that a t-shirt is all you need to send out a statement [Photo: Twitter/lustdad]
A Texas teen proved that a t-shirt is all you need to send out a statement [Photo: Twitter/lustdad]

How do you tell bullies that you’re fed up with their childish behaviour? With a simple t-shirt, according to one high school student.

17-year-old Aaron from Houston, Texas, has seen his powerful outfit go viral. The tee, which reads: “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”, is sold by Etsy store, Green Box Shop.

After being drawn to the design because he “had problems in the past with people being homophobic”, Aaron decided to wear the tee to school.

“I have been a victim of bullying because I am gay, and yes, I have overcome all of those obstacles in my life. When I saw the shirt, I was amazed,” he told Buzzfeed. “If you have nothing nice to say, just don’t say it at all.”

Posting a picture on Twitter to “send out a good message”, Aaron’s original tweet has been retweeted over 85,000 times, spawning a whole host of reactions from similar images to cries of “I want one too.”

Looks like one store will have a surge in sales thanks to this teen’s bravery.

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