The Peace Shirt Coalition members: (back row from left) Michael Varde, Connor Barth, Cheyenne Riley, Lauren Runde, Kirra Scudder, (bottom from left) Siobhan Keenan and Skylar Stains. Photo: Meagan Happel/The Verge
Skylar Stains, a sophomore at the Cocoa Beach Junior / Senior High School recruited friends to wear homemade shirts emblazoned with the peace symbol and words. Little did she know that the "Peace Shirt Coalition" soon sparked a fierce controversy:
It all started when sophomore Skylar Stains decided to have Peace Shirt Thursdays. Skylar and her friend, Lauren Lorraine, started wearing peace shirts and soon recruited more friends to wear them. Now, the "Peace Shirt Coalition" as they call themselves, has close to 30 students from all grades.
"We've worn handmade peace shirts every Thursday since the first week of school, without fail," Skylar said. [...]
Soon, a second group started to wear Confederate flag shirts to oppose the peace group, Skylar said. She saw shirts with sayings such as "This is America, get used to it," and "If peace is the answer; it must be a stupid question."
"Now there are even 'support our troops' kids who don't like us because I guess they think you can't say peace and support the troops at the same time," Lauren said.
Here's an article, written by Meagan Happel, a senior at the school: http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007311210003