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AZ High School Students Say Told to Leave Campus, Face Suspension For Wearing MAGA Attire on ‘USA Day’

AZ High School Students Say Told to Leave Campus, Face Suspension For Wearing MAGA Attire on ‘USA Day’

“we would like you to take off the merchandise and get off the campus”

https://youtu.be/e0Zx-5n48zs

A group of students at Perry High School in Arizona claim they were disrespected by school staff and even told to leave campus over their pro-Trump gear. The school was in the midst of a spirit week aimed at celebrating the USA.

Remember all the times this happened to kids wearing pro-Obama gear to school? Neither does anyone else.

Kim Powell reports at AZ Family:

Perry HS students say they were ‘disrespected’ for wearing MAGA gear on ‘USA Day’

Several students at Perry High School say they were disrespected by staff and asked to leave campus because they were wearing “Make America Great Again” attire.

Friday was the last day of “Spirit Week” at the high school and it was dubbed “Party in the USA Day.”

“We just wore all of the America stuff we had, obviously Trump is the president so we wore Trump stuff because he’s the leader of our country, right?” said sophomore Morgan Dupuis.

At least eight students in MAGA gear were brought to the office at the end of the school day. The students say they were taking pictures in their outfits and holding a President Trump flag when a resource officer approached them.

“The police officer came up and said, ‘we would like you to take off the merchandise and get off the campus,'” junior Tori Farris said.

One of the students claims a staffer couldn’t even explain the logic behind this:

“I was like, ‘isn’t Trump our president?’ and he goes, ‘yea.’ So why shouldn’t I be able to wear that for USA Day and quote-unquote all he said was, ‘I don’t have an answer to your question,'” said Dupuis.

Here’s a video report:

Parents are upset, and who can blame them?

Arizona Central reports:

Parents say students at Perry High School told to remove MAGA gear, student suspended

Parents at a Southeast Valley high school are upset after school administrators demanded their children remove clothing and accessories that touted President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” logo.

Parents say some of the kids are now facing suspensions…

The students had no trouble until the lunch hour, said Heidi Jones, a mother of one of those students.

“I feel bad for these children. I don’t agree with everything our president does or says, but I respect our country and I’ll support these kids using their freedom of speech,” she said…

Jennifer Farris, another mom with a student in the group, gave a similar account to The Arizona Republic, saying assistant principals were among those asking the students to remove the items.

Farris also drove to the school after hearing her kids were being asked to remove the clothing.

According to Farris, within four minutes of her walking into the office, she was told by school officials to leave and that she would not be allowed on campus again.

“As soon as they realized I was protecting my daughter, they were immediately rude, dismissive and told me to get off the property,” Farris said.

According to Wikipedia, this is a public school.

One of these parents might want to contact the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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The only Politically Correct and real discrimination allowed today. I’d buy and wear an MAGA hat, but it wouldn’t be a problem where I live. I never even saw a Robert Francis O’Rourke (AKA Beto, the Spanish male gendered noun for “beta”) sign where I live, had to drive to Tyler to see them.

So tired of the hecklers veto…time to make these schools pay for singling out conservatives!

    InEssence in reply to Merlin01. | March 3, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah, if the family is told to get off school grounds for no logical reason, they shouldn’t have to pay the property taxes that support the school. The school district can just take it out of the assistant principal’s pay.

If these reports are even remotely close to being accurate, this School is in for a world of hurt legally. If I practiced in Arizona, I would already be out in front of the School holding press conferences about the school’s blatant violations of these student’s rights to express themselves and their support for the President (and I would be looking for any example of Obama attire being allowed in the past to show viewpoint discrimination).

I wonder exactly how much the school district is going to have to pay out in legal fees, settlements and (ahem) “scholarships” to these students that they have now tread upon their civil rights.

    “how much the school district is going to have to pay out”

    They don’t care. It’s not their money, just taxpayer $$$.

    Until we get rid of laws immunizing government officials we’ll continue to have them breaking the law with impunity.

healthguyfsu | March 3, 2019 at 10:36 am

Heads need to roll over this…no way a parent should be told to leave and not come back for defending their child against such tyranny.

I wonder if they have a mafioso school board that gives them this level of “liberal courage” (which is an oxymoron in and of itself).

SeekingRationalThought | March 3, 2019 at 10:36 am

And ‘progressives” call Conservatives fascist? Its good to see the case for “progressive” projection proved.

healthguyfsu | March 3, 2019 at 10:38 am

I wonder what the fallout would have been if the students, particularly the female ones, had complied with an order from adult supervisors to “take off the clothes”. That could cause a whole new level of hurt on this school admin.

Every time I hear something like this I have the hope that, like so much of what liberals do, it will have the opposite effect to what they intend. I hope not just those students but every other student in the school learns that the people who try to silence others are bad people who should not be trusted or respected, but fought.

I hope, in other words, that by attempting to silence conservatives, they are creating more of them. Only time will tell.

Escaping Californians have transformed the AZ culture apparently. Is it stupidity or a deliberate invasion? Or, both?

    Again, a Texan blaming everything on CA while his own state is turning deep blue fast. Wake up already. We Californians are not the state to colonize the rest of the country. You locals are fighting a foreign enemy when you could find that enemy in the mirror. WAKE UP!!!! Ted Cruz almost lost his senate seat to BETO!!! In TEXAS!!! That wasn’t due to California transplants! It was due you deluded Texans chanting “Don’t mess with Texas” as if that works! Guess what? The “messing around” is almost over and you are losing.

    You don’t deserve conservatives like me and I am having second thoughts about my plans to move to AZ too. I am looking for new friends who are smart enough choose their battles wisely. You might want to focus on your own corrupt politicians for starters. The Bushes aren’t from CA.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 3, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      This is a bit of hyperbole.

      Texas is turning purple, at worst. CA, meanwhile, is already deep blue. There are lot of Calis fleeing the consequences of disastrous governing in that state, but they don’t seem to be adjusting their political views on the way out the door.

        “There are lot of Calis fleeing the consequences of disastrous governing in that state, but they don’t seem to be adjusting their political views on the way out the door.””

        You just proved my point. How does that make sense? The conservatives (like me) are fleeing the communism that very few voted for. Why should we adjust our political views? Is that the logic Texas public schools are teaching these days? It’s just a knee-jerk, bigoted opinion by provincials who never left the farm to see the world.

        Texas has just as many whack job leftists as does CA. Your former governor Rick Perry was offering subsidies to companies exclusively in blue states to move to Texas. All of those liberal employees are now voting in Texas. How is that California’s fault?

        Between your most open of open borders and bribing liberals to move to Texas, it sure looks to me that Texas is committing suicide. You should be praying for people like me to move to Texas instead of insulting us with your ignorant attitudes.

          MajorWood in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 4, 2019 at 11:42 am

          In Oregon we have good Kalifornians and bad Kalifornians. The good ones recognize the mess that they left behind, the bad ones try to recreate it when they get here

      Colonel Travis in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 3, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      Texas is not turning blue. There are more (R)s moving here than (D)s.

        Every Californian I know who moved to Texas is every bit as conservative as the Texans who comment here claim to be. Why would I flee a state whose policies I support and has lots of jobs? It keeps falling on deaf ears but CA has had a very effective wall for almost 30 years already. Texas’ still wide-open border is still being kept wide-open by corrupt border politicians. That isn’t California’s fault!

        No, CA isn’t destroying the country. Our government is and it’s happening everywhere for the same reasons and by the same people. All of this circular firing squad activity isn’t helping us fight a common enemy.

        Were I to move to TX, I would be no more responsible for what Texas is doing to itself than I am for the slavery that existed when my ancestors were living in Canada.

        “There are more (R)s moving here than (D)s.”

        Is this a provable assertion, or is it just something you believe?

        I’m struck by beto getting 48.3% of the vote. That’s close enough to 1/2 to call it one half. One half of voting Texans voted for a bankrupt corrupt Irish heritage pussy called “Beto”. That is not a trend we want to see.

Bucky Barkingham | March 3, 2019 at 11:16 am

The spirit of McCain is alive and well in AZ.

Government monopoly bureaucracy “public” school shows it’s true nature. People continue to send their children there.

This site regularly causes Chrome to crash on my iPhone.

    Valerie in reply to gibbie. | March 3, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Chrome is Google. Just sayin’

    I had to work really hard to get rid of it because it was packaged with Adobe products.

      I’m having the same problem. Just bought my first smart phone (Samsung Galaxy) and everything defaults to Google. Also got the tablet as a throw in and when I tried to get to LI, it included a list of links warning users of hostile content.

      Once I have time, I am going to figure out how to eliminate as much Google as possible. The ads are ridiculous and already figured out how to eliminate them but don’t have time to do it right now. Plan to be very, very minimalist with apps on the phone.

    Switch to Firefox with DuckDuckGo as your search engine.

    carolmcl in reply to gibbie. | March 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Does it reload? I think that’s just to show new advertising. Many sites do that. Not sure if it’s the site tho…? I don’t think it’s Google/Chrome because I have Safari on my phone & it does that too.

I wonder if any kids were wearing clothing from any other president? If yes, how were they treated?

Look, their blind hatred has clearly clouded their judgment, perhaps the school needs to close for a day and go off for “re-training”, it worked so well at Starbucks. I’ll volunteer to teach them LOL. Please sue, parents! Please lawyer up ASAP!

One of these parents might want to contact the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Actually they should start by trying the ACLU. Officially the ACLU will take such cases, and it has the resources for it. Unfortunately some chapters have in recent years descended into the madness, so they may not get help and will then need to look elsewhere, but that is still the first place to look.

    Valerie in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Oh, I think they should start with the ACLU. Hold them to their own standards, and all of that. Who knows? The local ACLU may have somebody honest on staff.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    I agree about ACLU, I have helped people with Internet related 1st Amendment stuff, and tried to get ACLU to help, in every case they sat on the sidelines until we had the case resolved, come out at the last minute advocating for them, and then very publically take credit. And, they are very partisan in what cases they will work on, specifically standing on the sidelines when it was wrongdoing by a public school.

One commenter at the original site, who claims to have been a parent at the school during the 0bama years, claims students wearing 0bama material were also told to remove it. Another commenter, claiming the same credentials, contradicts this claim. It needs investigating. If the school does have a value-neutral rule and a record of enforcing it neutrally, then there’s probably no case.

    carolmcl in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    The school could solve this problem by stating in the rules for USA week that no specific presidential wear is allowed nor political party wear is allowed. Unless they had that in the rules for the dress code for the week, no dice.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 3, 2019 at 12:10 pm

May 5, there will be Mexican flags and Mecha posters and T-shorts everywhere.

When I was in San Antonio I picked up one of those magnetic ribbon thingies that was red-white and blue and had “Remember the Alamo” as the message. Sounds like a good T-shirt to wear on May 5th.

Here’s the school’s version of what happened, which is very different. We shouldn’t be making assumptions as to who’s telling the truth.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Yea, and here is why the schools response is BS.

    “Serrano said students were carrying political signs that caused a disruption and created a safety concern Friday at lunch.”

    This is a BS cop out for the administration not doing its job.

    Not these kids aren’t causing a disruption they are simply wearing perfectly acceptable clothing, no profanity, no racist remarks, nothing. So the way it should be dealt with is punishing the ones who are actually causing the disruption.

    By the logic of the school if a one kid punches a kid with a MAGA hat then it’s the kid with the MAGA hats fault? That’s just stupid.

    If I were these parents I would wait until May 5th and mount major complaints about all the mexican flags that will be carried around.

    I also notice that the responses given to the parent are basically the same; “That’s not what happened.” with no explanation of what did happen.

    If “political signage” can cause “disruption” and “Safety concerns” that the administration can’t handle, then the current administration isn’t doing their job and needs to be replaced.

      carolmcl in reply to Gremlin1974. | March 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      The kids said they didn’t bring the flag out till the end of the day, to take a group photo. Doesn’t sound like what the school said. But I wouldn’t trust what the school said, sad to say.

      Cop out? You know that there are people who see wearing a MAGA hat as permission to engage in physical violence against people wearing those hats, right? It’s only been national news and featured on this blog multiple times in the last few months.

      The thug’s veto is alive and well.

    Barry in reply to Milhouse. | March 3, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    “We shouldn’t be making assumptions as to who’s telling the truth.”

    We should assume the school is lying about this. If you do, you will be right 99.9% of the time.

    There is no reason to ever believe a prog/commie/democrat. Sure, every once in a while they will tell the truth, but when that happens check the temperature in hell.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Milhouse. | March 4, 2019 at 10:07 am

    My children varied from one who was special ed and the rest being gifted. My experience with administrators is that most are nothing more than really low grade politicians, very often they are washed up jocks who become equally poor teachers/coaches, and then become administrators.

    Most were bald faced liars, so my inclination would be to only believe them if they can present evidence to support their claims.

regulus arcturus | March 3, 2019 at 12:44 pm

I may get Goldwater involved

https://goldwaterinstitute.org/litigation/

It was okay for school kids to sings songs and heap praise upon the previous occupant of the White House pretty early on. Schools were named after him (and so was a parasitic worm). This all happened so quickly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_things_named_after_Barack_Obama

Yet for students anyone to wear a hat or a t-shirt in support of a basic ideal – making America better or even great – is akin to soliciting acts of outrage, or even violence, towards yourself.

Why not create an Executive Action to stop letting teachers push their views and start teaching that there are many views? And that anyone can subscribe to any view they choose without retribution? Make them start teaching and stop indoctrinating.

    Because prior restraint of speech violates the 1st Amendment? Stopping teachers from pushing their views, when education is a state responsibility, means dictating to them what isn’t indoctrination.

    I mean, I see where you’re coming from, but you see those machineguns in a horizontal line across that open field? That’s what you’re charging toward without cover.

      Milhouse in reply to JBourque. | March 4, 2019 at 12:38 pm

      What a teacher says in a government school classroom is government speech, and therefore not subject to the first amendment. The government can choose what it says and doesn’t say. When it is obvious even to impressionable minors that the teacher is speaking in his/her personal capacity and not in his/her capacity as an agent of the school, then s/he can say whatever s/he likes.

The Friendly Grizzly | March 3, 2019 at 1:13 pm

Gabbie: this site regularly causes iPhone Safari to self-restart. It causes “this site using large amounts of processor power, you may want to close it” in MacOS Safari. (I don’t trust Chrome).

AntiPostmodernist | March 3, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Do we need to form a non-profit that will defend people’s right to wear hats?

Would people object if the kids kids wore F**k tha Police shirts (NWA reference)? I highly doubt it. The problem is that schools have become highly political and they are hard left because of the incentives that teachers receive from public sector unions that are associated with the Democratic Party. This is not cool.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to AntiPostmodernist. | March 4, 2019 at 11:37 am

    “Do we need to form a non-profit that will defend people’s right to wear hats?”

    This will probably be necessary. I doubt that ACLU and other similar organizations will take these cases.

Philster7656 | March 3, 2019 at 10:32 pm

I don’t doubt that there are a lot of school administrators who would do a terrible thing like this, but I wonder if we’re getting the whole story.

One of the things I learned during the Covington affair was that high schoolers wear MAGA hats as a fashion statement because it pisses off their parents and other authority figures. High school kids sometimes misbehave… I wonder if they did something else that we’re not hearing about.

We must take back our schools.

Start with the money.

A very peculiar choice of words “MERCHANDISE”.

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