(Meredith/WESH/CNN) -- A father in Florida says he doesn't understand why his fifth-grade son was asked to remove his Hooters-themed face mask at school.

"There is nothing offensive or derogatory about this mask,” the father, Greg Golba, said. 

Golba’s son, Ian, said his elementary school teacher said something about his mask in class. 

"I wore it and she said it was not appropriate for school. I asked her why and she said if you really want to know why go ask the principal,” the 11-year-old said. 

Ian approached the principal who asked the boy to take it off three times. 

 "I asked him why, he said just take it off. So, I took it off and I had to wear a different mask,” Ian said. 

The boy’s father told reporters that his son has worn the Hooters mask for four weeks now. It wasn’t until recently that his son was told to remove it. 

"I don't think it's offensive at all. It's just a restaurant," Golba said. 

According to Golba, the principal told him it was deemed offensive to women and inappropriate.

The district said they do not comment on discipline matters but say the Hooters mask violates the student’s dress code which says in part “the principal at each school reserves the right to determine what appropriate dress is for the school ..."

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