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Student pulled from class over religious t-shirt

MISSOURI (CNN) – A middle school student in Missouri was pulled from class over a t-shirt that read "Jesus, he scares the hell out of you."

The school says garments with slang terms aren't allowed.

The north Kirkwood Middle School Principal asked Michelle Ramirez to change into a different t-shirt, after a word was considered slang and in violation of the dress code.

Principal Ginger Fletcher says, "Outside the school environment, it might be fine. But, anything within the school that is inappropriate, vulgar use of language might create a disruption in the school, we'll ask the student to modify the garment.

When the school called Michelle's parents, her mom disagreed with the school's action.

I got on the phone with Michelle, I told Michelle, ‘If you feel convicted to wear the shirt, you go ahead and put it back on'" said Michelle's Mom, Christina.

Michelle did change back and was separated from her classes to do her work elsewhere.

The double-meaning of the word on her daughter's shirt is what Christina disagrees with, "There's more emphasis on the word "HELL," yes, but it's in all caps. It's a place. It's not… She's not using it as a slang. So, if she's not using it as a slang, then the shirt should be ok."

"I don't think it's a slang word because it's all capitalized, and even though the "Hell" is a different color, that it still means the same thing: That he does scare the hell out of you, that you're not letting the devil in," Michelle expressed.

School officials insist they don't necessarily disagree with the message on the shirt, just the questionable meaning of the language on it.

"It's federal law that you cannot ask a student to remove an emblem, insignia, or garment including a religious emblem. So, unless it is worn in an inappropriate manner, or creates a disruption within the school," Christina explained.

Christina still stands by Michelle, believing the message supersedes the entendre.

"I'm so proud that she stood up for what she believed in," says Christina.

Michelle got the shirt from her youth group that specializes in extreme messages to promote their beliefs. She says she has worn the shirt to school about 30 times without a problem.

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