While commonly used as a shorthand acronym for a phrase that wouldn’t make it past Standards and Practices if we tried to publish here, it’s conveniently also an acronym for “We’re the Falcons,” a slogan celebrating North Pointe’s mascot. The WTF slogan is the bright idea of Principal Richard Gow, who opted to plaster that acronym on a t-shirt and distribute it to students in support of school spirit.
Of course, it’s not surprising that some parents aren’t happy with the slogan, seeing as how in many places across the country it would be frowned upon for a 13-year-old to walk around in a t-shirt that depicts an allusion to swear word. But fortunately for Gow, Phoenix is apparently the Tampa of the Southwest.
However, not everyone understands WTF is going on with the school’s dress code. As ABC15.com reports, “The mother of a student at North Pointe Prep in Phoenix was shocked when she heard the new T-shirt design for the school.”
Terra Lopez thinks the shirts are distracting, and are sending the wrong impression to impressionable students. Her own daughter was recently asked to take off a flower headband in violation of the schools dress code, which, in light of the t-shirts, seems a bit draconian unless that headband somehow knows how to obnoxiously hurl curse words at strangers.
Perhaps Lopez should make t-shirts that display a competing acronym: NPP. The magic of this catchy acronym is that it could stand for “North Pointe Prep,” but actually stands for “New Principal Please.”
Image: A different WTF shirt at spreadshirt.com