A high school math teacher — clearly part of the #Resist movement — told the students in class they were not allowed to wear shirts with the president’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” in the classroom.
The teacher was actually caught on video stating that the slogan was banned because it promoted violence and had ties to the neo-Nazi movement, both assumptions of course are false.
After a few Georgia lawmakers got wind of the story, the school district decided to rule against the teacher.
According to The Washington Examiner:
A Georgia school district superintendent has apologized to students who were told by their high school math teacher they couldn’t wear their “Make America Great Again” shirts in her classroom.
“Her actions were wrong, as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code,” Cherokee County Schools spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an emailed statement.
Georgia state lawmakers like Rep. Earl Ehrhart told the AJC the incident was “shocking,” while Rep. John Carson said the teacher’s behavior was despicable. Rep. Mandi Ballinger added that she was glad the students’ right to free speech had been upheld with the school’s response to the situation.
The students will not face disciplinary action but the district would not comment on whether the teacher would be reprimanded, Jacoby continued.
The situation has been rectified, and an apology rendered. As long as a clear message is sent not to repeat said behavior, it’s best to move on.
This, of course, isn’t the first school to take such measures against students who support Trump. One educational institution actually altered photographs of students to remove the slogan from yearbook photos.
Contrary to what many schools believe, students are still guaranteed the right to freedom of speech to voice their political and religious beliefs, so long as doing so isn’t distracting or violating the actual dress policy of the institution.
Schools, too, have the right to create a code of conduct for what students can wear, but should be careful in crafting such policies.
The real hypocrisy is that if a kid wore an Obama shirt, he would be celebrated instead of hassled. Same with a Hillary shirt. At least be consistent in the application of your rules.
Hopefully this teacher, and others like them, will learn from this experience and not repeat such a mistake.