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Doubt Cast on School's Alleged Wonder Woman Lunchbox Ban

UPDATE 8/28/2015 3:25 PM PT: Many outlets, including CBR, published stories earlier this week on a school allegedly requesting a student no longer bring a Wonder Woman lunchbox due to violating the school's dress code. The argument, it was stated, was that the lunchbox constituted a violent image -- due to superheroes being viewed as inherently violent -- despite there being no violence depicted on the lunchbox.

Yet now the veracity of the story -- which quickly went viral and surfaced first on Reddit -- is being questioned. Famed urban legend-busting site Snopes has looked into the matter, ruling its status as "undetermined." Snopes has noted the lack of details in the original post -- including that the school and geographic location were never named -- and the fact that no further details have surfaced, despite the story's growing visibility. Additionally, Snopes pointed out that the lunchbox pictured is metal, something unlikely for a current child attending school to be carrying. In conclusion, the story is dubbed an "unsubstantiated tale of dubious likelihood."

Superheroes stand for many things: truth, justice, love, peace, freedom. Many things, generally all positive. However, one particular school seems to think that superheroes stand for something else entirely: violence.

Revealed on Imgur, a friend's daughter received a letter from school stating she no longer bring her Wonder Woman lunchbox to school as it violates the school dress code, which states that students not bring violent images into the school. Here's the thing: the lunchbox does not actually feature an act of violence. Instead, it contains an image of Wonder Woman's face on one side and her posing with her lasso on the other.

The real rub comes down to what the school defines as "violent characters," which are "those who solve problems using violence. Super heroes certainly fall into that category."

If this school is basing this opinion on say the trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," maybe. Otherwise, it feels like a case of, they keep using that word -- we do not think it means what they think it means.

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