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15/09/2015 08:20 BST | Updated 15/09/2015 08:59 BST

US School Student Suspended 'For Wearing Nobody Knows I'm A Lesbian T-Shirt'

A student at a US high school says she was suspended for wearing a t-shirt which had the words "nobody knows I'm a lesbian" emblazoned across the front.

Briana Popour, an openly gay teenager at Chesnee High School in South Carolina, was reportedly told by teachers: "You need to change your shirt or go home."

"I've worn this shirt before and nobody's ever said anything," Popour told local news station WSPA.

When asked for comment, school officials emailed the news station saying the t-shirt was "offensive and distracting".

"Clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive will not be permitted," the email read.

For Popour, the t-shirt is part of her identity.

"Isn’t that what school is supposed to teach you? To be happy with who you are?," she said "Maybe people will be more comfortable showing who they are because you should be able to wear what you want to wear."