Despite a student-led movement to put Michael Vick’s jersey back on display at Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia, the school says it won’t put the jersey back up in the halls Vick walked as a student there.
“It is the final decision,” Michelle Price, spokeswoman for Newport News schools, told the Virginian-Pilot. “The school administrators just decided that they are not going to take action on the student’s request.”
Vick’s jersey was removed from a trophy case at the school in 2007, when he went to prison for running a dog fighting ring.
The student who started the Michael Vick High School Jersey Reframed Facebook page currently has 873 “likes.” But the Michael Vick Petition To Not Rehang His Jersey in Warwick High School Facebook page has 1,482 “likes.”
Price said the school views the issue of honoring Vick, who graduated in 1998, as a distraction for students. And although “final decisions” are sometimes changed, she said, “I do not believe our current principal is going to reconsider.”