Fashion has always pushed the boundaries, but today, there’s nothing more edgy, counter-culture, or courageous than wearing Trump gear… especially on an educational campus, whether that be K-12 or college.
Here are some stories of teachers or school administrations outlawing any Trump or Make America Great Again attire that will shock you:
On August 31st, a high school math teacher from River Ridge High School “erroneously told two students their shirts with campaign slogans were not permitted in class,” according to Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara P. Jacoby. The teacher unjustly proclaimed that the Make America Great Again t-shirts did not correspond with the school’s dress code and then asked the two young men to leave her class. According to the district’s statement, “the teacher additionally — and inappropriately — shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.”
Last June, Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago, a junior at Wall Township High School in New Jersey, opened up his school’s yearbook and found that his picture had been censored. Fago had worn a vest with “Trump” and “Make America Great Again” stitching in it for his yearbook photo. Wyatt noticed the logo was completely cropped out of the picture.
Similarly, Grant Berardo wore a navy blue “TRUMP: Make America Great Again” t-shirt for his high school yearbook photo. The yearbook committee censored his photo, using photoshop to make his shirt appear as just a plain, navy blue t-shirt. “We didn’t have a dress code,” Berardo stated. “The seniors (male) have to wear black jackets and ties, but the underclassmen don’t have a dress code.”
June of last year, nine-year-old Logan Autry, a third grader from Fresno, California, was forced by his elementary school to take off his MAGA hat. According to Autry, the school told him to take off the hat because it brought negative emotions to the other children who don’t like Trump. “It’s my favorite hat,” Logan expressed to KSEE-TV. “The First Amendment says I can wear my hat.”
Two years ago in Tempe, Arizona, the Corona del Sol High School administration implemented sanctions for certain clothing worn by students to an upcoming football game against school rival Marcos De Niza. “The administration decided it was best to avoid any possible offensive connotations the theme would have,” according to the now omitted school newspaper publication. According to the school, “It is the unfortunate truth that if you wear red, white or blue to the game you will not be admitted to the stadium. This is a fact.” When asked by an individual on twitter regarding “what qualifies as inappropriate dress,” the staff came back with a fairly peculiar tweet. They responded that “Anything perceived to be offensive/racist: green, USA, flags, Trump, etc. It’s not the clothing, but the intent behind it.”
Just a reminder, these are the all the instances of actual schools or school educators prohibiting Trump gear. There are still a myriad of instances where students have been blatantly and unjustly harassed for wearing Trump/MAGA apparel at school. Here are just five examples:
November of last year, a Hylton High School student reported that he faced bullying and even received threats of physical violence simply for wearing a Trump t-shirt to school. Instead of punishing the bullies, the school administration said to cover up the shirt or go home.
Similarly, a Glynn Academy high school student was chased through the school grounds for carrying a Trump flag the day after Trump won the election.
Last February, 12-year-old Gavin Cortina from Chesterfield, Missouri was repeatedly punched and harassed on a school bus for wearing a MAGA hat. “You wanna build a wall, you wanna build a f****ing wall,” one of the irate students screamed at Cortina.
In the nation’s capitol, two Pennsylvania high school students wore MAGA hats to HBCU Howard University while they toured the campus. They claim they were harassed and that their hats were physically removed from their heads by HU students.
Most recently, college Republican Matthew Vitale had his MAGA hat stolen off his head by another student at California University – Riverside. He had to chase her down and get campus authorities involved to de-escalate the situation and eventually get his property back.
Has wearing your MAGA gear on campus (or in the work place) caused controversy recently? Send Red Alert Politics an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we may feature your experience in a future article.