(WHAS 11)--A photo going viral online is sparking an intense debate.
The boy is identified as 5-year-old Sam. He wore pink zebra striped flats to his first day of kindergarten. His mother posted the image on her Facebook page and got criticized by her family members, an aunt posted that the shoes could quote 'turn him gay' .
Then Sam’s older sister posted the picture on the Facebook page "have a gay day" and the story went viral.
The photograph has since drawn over 120,000 likes and has been shared over 19,000 times.
A blogger from the Lifestyle site "the stir" wrote a lengthy column on this saying letting your boy wear pink shoes to school is setting him up to be bullied.
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