"It's just a color. It's just a T-shirt," said junior Mary Romano.
Students and parents are still reacting to the letter that went out Friday. Superintendent Jennifer Curtis-Whipple wrote, "We learned … a private booster group supporting women's soccer is selling insensitive apparel … While we are not suggesting this booster group had any malicious intent—make no mistake, words matter … They have done great work in the past, even though they made a mistake here."
The letter was sent to 7,000 people, but the school district would not provide WFXT a copy.
The letter created an uproar. The Weymouth mayor called it an "overreach," while a parent said they were furious and hurt the superintendent would imply the fundraiser had racial undertones.
Weymouth residents don't get it, either.
"They're blowing it out of proportion. I don't think it's racist at all," said Susan McNally.
"You can’t have a white shirt. You can’t have any kind of colors. You can’t say anything anymore that offends anybody," said Bob Stellar.
A concerned parent said: "They did this in the purest form of a fundraiser and it was taken down a different path. What the parents want is for this to go away. It's bad."
WFXT tried to reach the superintendent Wednesday, but she would not make herself available.