Teen Kicked Out of Class for Wearing ‘Wrong’ Jersey; ‘Wrong’ Team Reacts
After fifth-grader Keila Penner was sent home for wearing the rival team’s jersey to school, the Ottawa Senators owner decided to reward Penner with free tickets to the playoff game.
Keila attends elementary school in Montreal and while that normally means an automatic loyalty to the local Canadiens, Keila’s father just happened to be from Ottawa and yes, he (and his kids) were Senators fans.
When Maple Grove Elementary told students to wear their NHL jerseys in lieu of their uniforms for the Canadiens-Senators game, Keila stood out in a black, red, and white Senators jersey. She was immediately sent to the principal’s office where she was asked to either change her shirt or go home.
Keila chose the latter.
“I didn’t think it was fair,” Keila later told CTV Montreal. “I’m allowed to have my own opinion.”
When the news reached Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk, he decided to impart some good karma and invited Penner and her family to sit in his suite for Game 4 of the Canadiens-Senators game.
“I was speechless; I didn’t know what to say,” Penner told 1310 News.
To top the night off, Senators won 3-2 in overtime. “What a game and what a win!!!” Melnyk tweeted. “Guts and glory hail our #peskySens. GREAT series! And Keila Penner & family you brought us luck! #SensArmy.”