Clovis parents rush to order shirts following t-shirt controversy
Terra Lovelace rushed to finalize some t-shirt designs Monday afternoon, sitting in the corner of a consignment shop in Clovis.
She hadn't planned to make the shirts, until late last week.
“It’s kind of spiraled,” says Lovelace, the owner of “Print Happens.” “We didn’t expect the exposure. Things happen. You never know where life is gonna take you.”
She owns one of a number of businesses scrambling to design and create shirts to help Clovis families pay tribute to their respective campuses—and first responders.
“I know the controversy that’s out there,” she says.
Controversy, surrounding t- shirts administrators kept students from selling on the Clovis High Campus.
Clovis Unified says they were made by leadership students.
They feature an American flag on the back, with the word COUGARS in lettering down one of the stripes.
Administrators say students did not get the design approved before having the shirts made.
Fox26 first reported on the issue Wednesday.
"When the administration saw the design, they were concerned it looked very similar to some movements around the nation, in particular ‘Blue Lives Matter’ in this case," said Kelly Avants, Chief Communications Officer for Clovis Unified.
Avants said that while the campus shirt sales were not allowed, the shirts are acceptable under the dress code.
So now students—and their families—are getting them made.
Not just for Clovis High, but across the district.
“I have the Clovis east mascot…. Clovis west. The original cougars design here,” Lovelace said.
The business is welcomed for this family-owned business.
It’s about to celebrate its first year along Clovis Avenue, north of 4th Street.
“We do everything here in house. It’s just me and my mom. We print everything by hand,” she says.
She plans to sell her shirts for $10 and doesn’t expect to turn a profit.
But, if there is any money made, she plans to make a donation to Clovis High leadership.