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Student told to remove Hooters face mask during school

Ian Golba, 11, said he's been wearing the mask for weeks
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Posted at 12:57 PM, Sep 18, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. — A student who says he has been wearing a Hooters face mask in class for week says he was told to remove it recently because it violates the Student Code of Conduct.

Ian Golba, 11, is a fifth-grader at Sunset Park Elementary in Orlando. He says the principal told him the mask was inappropriate, reports WOFL.

Upset at the ruling, Steve Golba, Ian's father, called the principal to learn more about the school's decision.

"He told me it was deemed offensive." said Steve Golba. "I told him we go there as a family. 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."

Ian says he was told to take off the mask during gym class, but was allowed to wear it outside.

Steve Golba said he plans to take Ian and his family back to Hooters, but is upset over the attention focused on his son and the mask.

"He was afraid he was going to get reprimanded, in trouble and perhaps suspended from school." said Steve. "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."