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CA Student Says Teacher Threatened to Remove Him From Virtual Class Over Trump Flag on His Wall

CA Student Says Teacher Threatened to Remove Him From Virtual Class Over Trump Flag on His Wall

“You can sit up, remove the flag, or reposition your camera within the next 15 seconds or I’m kicking you out of class”

A high school student in California claims he was recently told by a teacher to remove or cover the Trump flag in his bedroom during an online class.

She gave him 15 seconds to comply and even counted out loud, but after a few seconds, the student signed himself out of the class.

Can anyone even imagine such a thing happening back in 2008 or 2012 if the student had an Obama sign on his wall?

Beth Baumann reports at Townhall:

WATCH: Teacher Threatens to Kick Student Out of a Virtual Classroom Because of a Trump Flag

A student at Colusa High School in Colusa, California was threatened to be kicked out of a virtual “classroom” for having a Trump 2020 flag on his bedroom wall. The student’s chemistry teacher gave him an ultimatum: move his camera or take down the flag. He had 15 seconds to make a decision before he would be kicked out of class. He waved goodbye and hung up the video call.

“Since school has begun, my son has had this flag, Trump flag hanging in his background,” Tiffany, the boy’s parent, told CBS 13.

According to the parent, it’s not the teacher’s fault for having no guidance on how to handle things like this during virtual learning. It’s why Tiffany and other parents asked the school board to clarify the code of conduct for virtual learning.

The school’s code of conduct and dress code prevents students from wearing clothing that promotes alcohol, tobacco, or drug symbols, sexual messages, messages that are obscene or profane and those that degrade any race. There isn’t anything in the 38 page document talking about politics, elections or political campaigns.

Laura Haefeli of CBS 13 in Sacramento has more:

Colusa Student Says Teacher Threatened To Kick Him Out Of Virtual Class Over Trump Flag

A Colusa High School student exited his Zoom classroom early after a teacher threatened to reprimand him for displaying the Trump 2020 flag hanging on his bedroom wall…

Tiffany says her son’s high school chemistry teacher did not approve of the political statement and asked him in the middle of class to get rid of it.

“You can sit up, remove the flag, or reposition your camera within the next 15 seconds or I’m kicking you out of class,” the teacher said during their virtual class.

Tiffany says the teacher then began to count and did not make it to 10 before Tiffany’s son waved goodbye and exited the virtual classroom.

She doesn’t blame the teacher for the uncomfortable moment that’s made its way to social media.

“She is a new teacher and it’s a mistake. There hasn’t been any guidance given to her as a teacher for the school,” Tiffany said.

Here’s the CBS 13 video report:

The mother of the student deserves credit for the way she handled this. Not everyone would be so understanding.

This type of political bias always seems to go in only one direction.

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It is 100% the teacher’s fault.
But she is not alone in being 100% at fault.

    Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Exiliado. | October 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    It is, in fact, the responsibility of the teacher to both know and comply with the policies of her employer. In any event, I challenge the notion that a school has any right or obligations, whatsoever, to dictate what is in the home of a student in order to receive an education. If a school system wants to reach into a private residence, they get whatever comes out. If they do not like it and want to control the environment, they can go back into the classroom.

2smartforlibs | October 1, 2020 at 2:13 pm

So you can wear a Mexican flag ( that has happened in Liberalfonia) but not a Trump flag. Live to see a civil right attorney’s (Leo Terrell for example) opinion here.

    I remember in 2012 when numerous polling places had giant Obama murals on the walls.

    It’s not about one set of rules, it’s about “shut up wrong-thinkers”

There hasn’t been any guidance given to her as a teacher for the school

What sort of guidance would be appropriate? Special guidance seem superfluous to me. A “teacher” should already know the basic stuff—don’t run with scissors, don’t moon a werewolf, don’t get involved in a land war in Asia, don’t be a bigot, etc.

    Observer in reply to tom_swift. | October 1, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Yep, what kind of “guidance” does she need to understand that the kid has a right to express his own political opinions in his own home in his own bedroom, and it’s not up to a chemistry teacher to decide if those opinions are acceptable.

      Dathurtz in reply to Observer. | October 1, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      I always wonder what in the world is going through these teachers’ heads. I see the house/bedroom of 8 of my chemistry students every day. There are some things I am mandated by the state to report, but I haven’t seen any of those things. This is like that young boy that got in trouble because he had a BB gun. Why do schools think it is their business?

      I don’t know how some teachers are finding time to be busybodies. I am having to do, by far, the most work I’ve ever done in this profession and I can’t stay caught up. The idea of giving myself another headache and pointlessly disrupting my class is insane. Why would anybody do that?

JackinSilverSpring | October 1, 2020 at 2:19 pm

You know what kind of guidance this teacher needs? It’s called being an American, not a bolshevik.

Put an ANTIFA flag over it and see what the commie teacher’s reaction is.

Two easy solutions to this. Not cameras in students room or go back to school.

    utroukx in reply to MarkSmith. | October 1, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    No, the answer is stop sacrificing your children to lefty institutions and homeschool. Your kids are worth more than the free babysitting.

      Andy in reply to utroukx. | October 1, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      No. I’m not surrendering. I paid for this. So THEY get the pleasure of dealing with me. Karen aint got shit on me.

      Andy in reply to utroukx. | October 1, 2020 at 6:09 pm

      BTW- when you surrender to hide your kids in a conservative cacoon, you abandon all rational thinkers at the school to be eaten alive by these bullies.

      You wonder how it got to be this way? It’s because people didn’t stand up to them.

      Fight. You may lose. You don’t need to win every time. You need to make them sorry for choosing the the fight.

        hopeful in reply to Andy. | October 2, 2020 at 2:47 pm

        “Fight. You may lose. You don’t need to win every time. You need to make them sorry for choosing the the fight.”

        Thanks for the reminder, Andy

    princepsCO in reply to MarkSmith. | October 1, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Public education equals child abuse.

    MarkSmith in reply to MarkSmith. | October 1, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Yea, you live in an ideal world. Let’s home school everyone. Face it, we live in a mix conservative and liberal world. I can’t complain, my kids and I benefit from the public school system. How about we make sure they do their job instead of allowing them to take over the parenting job.

    Sex Ed in school? 1619? Back to the basics. Sports and trade school training.

    Home schooling is great for some but not all. If you eliminate the Teacher Unions, you have solve 80% of the problems with schools. The other 20% is disciplinary issues. Also, school board members are way over paid.

    Exposure to different views is good. Indoctrination is bad.

“This type of political bias always seems to go in only one direction.”

On my own part, I’ve heard of several of these incidents, and all of them involved Trump supporters. Unfortunately, two interpretations are possible:

1. Trump supporters, exclusively, are intent on being provocative dicks; or
2. There are a lot of similar leftist signs at virtual school going unremarked and unchallenged.

Unfortunately, I don’t go to virtual school, so I have no way to determine this for myself, and reporters have so far been entirely unhelpful in documenting which of these is the true case.

    Ironclaw in reply to henrybowman. | October 1, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Even if they are being provocative dicks, it’s their right to freedom of expression. That is their resident, not the teachers and it’s not school property.

      henrybowman in reply to Ironclaw. | October 1, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      While you may have the 100% legal right to be a dick, it’s not a nice thing to be. Scale this sort of behavior up, and what you end up with is mobs of leftists invading restaurants and demanding that people take loyalty oaths to Marxism while shoving cameras in their faces.

        nomadic100 in reply to henrybowman. | October 1, 2020 at 5:16 pm

        I respectfully disagree. Mobs of leftists harassing diners and threatening them is qualitatively different from having a Trump poster on your wall at home or, for that matter, many Trump posters on all one’s walls. The latter would be a quantitative “scale up.”

        they don’t get to dictate our interior decorating.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | October 1, 2020 at 6:25 pm


    Respectfully no. The passive display of the content of a private residence is not under the authority of a school to regulate. Even if the display was ‘obscene’ the school would be hard pressed to make it stick.

    As an example, Military stores are forbidden by statute from selling ‘obscene’ material. Those same stores sold Playboy, Hustler etc. Ergo those magazines are not obscene.

    Now if the school board had provided recommendations for a back screen and also provided funds for a covering then perhaps they could have a chance at enforcement. They didn’t. Nor did they offer to cut the parents a check to find private or parochial school alternatives.

    Insisting upon being afforded the ability to exercise ones rights is not controversial, IMO.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | October 2, 2020 at 4:27 pm

      Upon further thinking about this issue, especially in light of the black armbands case, I have concluded that hanging a political flag on the wall of your own room in camera view is not qualitatively different from wearing the same design on a t-shirt in a classroom.

The mother and son clearly have different viewpoints and the mother not supporting her sons freedom of speech is disconcerting

Didnt family members in Nazi Germany turn their other members in for the same thing?

A mother’s love for a child use to be a bond that was unbreakable

This mother probably grew up in California and sees the state as the head of the family

Poor son

Did you catch the sign on the school?

Home of the Redskins
from 1930 to 2011

Home of the Redhawks
from 2011

This whole “virtual school” thing is going to implode on everyone involved. Now that they are able to see what the teachers used to do in private (like remove references to the Bad Orange Man), and used to teach their children in private (All Lives Matter and MAGA are racist), parents are reacting.

The teachers, their unions and the government school boards don’t like it one bit…and there’s not a thing they can do about it. They’ve painted themselves into a corner over the China Flu.

Antifundamentalist | October 1, 2020 at 5:58 pm

campaign posters are either allowed or they are not. IF they are not prohibited, then that teacher needs disciplinary action for letting her personal prejudices effect her teaching.

Trump Lives Matter

surfcitylawyer | October 1, 2020 at 6:47 pm

See Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969),
The children wore black armbands to protest the Vietnam war.
US Supreme Court said it was OK.
Teacher should have learned about that case while taking educational courses. in reply to surfcitylawyer. | October 1, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Re: Tinker v Des Moines. The same people who think nudity and porn are protected under the 1st Amendment are the folks who say the governor can force you to wear a mask.

Our son’s 4th grade teacher had a life-sized cardboard Obama in the classroom.

The kid should keep his camera off. A school can’t mandate they have their camera on because that is an invasion of privacy: state employees forcing their way into your home. It’s not as of the student has a choice over distancing learning

buckeyeminuteman | October 2, 2020 at 7:13 am

Student should have stayed there staring at the camera while she continued to count. And hopefully the next day and the next week, even more students would have a Trump flag.

If you find that supporting our country and our President to be somehow objectionable or profane, maybe you should not be a teacher in a Free country!!