Cooper's father, Chris Barton, said he and his wife aren't upset with the school — just the policy.
“We were kind of put off by it,” Barton said. “Frankly, when they asked Cooper to turn his shirt inside out, we were irritated — a little more than irritated. He was a little bit embarrassed. I don't think he really understood. ...
“We explained to him that these are the rules, and we have to follow the rules. But we don't think that this rule is correct.”
Barton and his wife are lifelong University of Michigan supporters.
He said it's unfair for clothing from Oklahoma schools to be allowed and others to be banned.
“We're not OU fans,” he said.
“We're Michigan fans.”
Barton said the school principal has been helpful and gracious and that he doesn't begrudge officials for following the rules.
The Bartons have two sons who go to Wilson Elementary, and they like the school.
But he and his wife plan to pursue the issue with the school board, he said.
“I understand there are gang colors,” he said. “I understand that. But there's got to be some sensibility about a 5-year-old wearing a Big House T-shirt. I'm pretty sure he's not a gangbanger.”