A high school student in North Carolina was forced to remove a red, white, and blue USA sports jersey with Donald Trump’s name on the back that he wore to a patriotic-themed school football game. But now the school’s principal has been fired for the school’s actions.
A father tells me his son was asked by the school principal to remove this jersey during a patriotic-themed football game after people complained. Dad, a registered Democrat, says his son complied but felt humiliated. @HarnettCoSchool says it supports expression not disruptions pic.twitter.com/W9U9v2vBLF
— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) October 10, 2018
The original story hit the wires on Friday. Per Breitbart News:
The student’s father, Mike Collins, slammed Harnett Central High School in Angier, North Carolina, for forcing his 18-year-old son to remove the Trump jersey. Saying that the school’s reason for its action was ridiculous, according to ABC 11.
Collins says that the school told his son that the shirt was “disruptive.” He said his son complied but that he was so humiliated that he left the game.
“We don’t want any kids violated. We don’t want to see kids embarrassed over something like this,” Collins told the ABC affiliate. “He was not disrespectful. He was not acting in a manner that would cause attention to him.
Collins also said that he and his son were not going around proclaiming the greatness of Trump. In fact, Collins is a registered Democrat, he said.
“We’re not promoting Donald Trump. He’s our president. Again, you’ve got to respect your president. I can assure you that there was nothing about this shirt that was disruptive. I think we should stand up for our rights,” Collins said.
“Whether you support our president, or you agree with our president or disagree, that has nothing to do with this,” he added. “We are respecting our president, we’re respecting authority, and that’s what my son did.”
The school immediately sort of admitted that its actions were wrong with a statement saying that they don’t have any desire to take away a student’s freedom of speech.
“While we cannot comment on specific student issues, the Harnett County Schools supports and affirms students’ rights to express themselves,” the district said in a statement. “As long as the expression does not disrupt, and is not reasonably expected to disrupt, the educational mission of the school system, these rights include wearing clothing expressing political messages or supporting political candidates.”
But now, the district announced that it has taken action to try and make sure this sort of thing does not happen again. The school principal has been canned.
According to the Charlotte Observer:
A Harnett County high school principal has been replaced, a week after she asked a high school student to remove a jersey that bore President Donald Trump’s name on the back.
The Harnett school system on Friday announced a new principal for Harnett Central High School. The district said the change is directly related to the actions taken by former Harnett Central Principal Cindy Gordon last week in asking the student not to wear the Trump shirt.
The district announced leadership changes at several of its schools, including Harnett Central, on Friday afternoon. The changes are “effective immediately,” according to the district news release.
The high school had encouraged students to dress with a patriotic theme for the football game on Oct. 5, ABC11 reported.
An attorney representing Collins noted that the family is satisfied with the quick reaction and will not likely be filing any lawsuots
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