When Michael Vick went to prison in 2007, Warwick High in Newport News, Virginia, decided to take the jersey he had worn at the school off display. Now there’s a movement to convince the school to put the jersey back up.
School officials told TMZ the jersey will not be put back on display for at least the remainder of this school year, citing a concern that it could be a “distraction to the student’s education” as well as the possibility that the jersey could be vandalized or stolen.
The Virginian-Pilot reports, however, that students have asked the school to hang the jersey, saying they’re proud to attend the alma mater of the 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
The controversy over whether to honor Vick at the school now has dueling Facebook pages, Michael Vick High School Jersey Reframed and Michael Vick Petition To Not Rehang His Jersey in Warwick High School.
At the moment, those in opposition to re-hanging Vick’s jersey are winning the battle of Facebook “likes,” 1,046 to 603.