Imagine being 14 years old and really excited about celebrating America Pride Day at school. This was the case with a New Hampshire teen whose fun day was ruined when the big bad principal decided that her “Make America Great Again” swag was not appropriate for the celebration.
As reported by The Blaze:
Monday was a patriotic America pride day at New Hampshire’s Epping High School, so freshman Ciretta MacKenzie put on her shirt and hat, both emblazoned with the phrase “Make America Great Again” — the slogan for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
But not long after arriving on campus, Ciretta was called to Principal Brian Ernest’s office, the Union Leader reported.
She told WFXT-TV that the principal said her MAGA hat and shirt violated dress code.
So they outlaw ALL political clothing, or is it just the clothing that celebrates making America great?
As reported by Fox News:
The school’s principal said the iconic red hat and T-shirt violated the school’s dress code policy, which according to Mackenzie, doesn’t say anything about political clothing.
“If it said no political gear, I could understand why it was dress code, but it didn’t say that, so I feel like I’m obligated to have my own opinion and other people can have theirs,” she said. “We don’t have to agree, that fine.”
What has happened to free speech? Are we really incapable of coexisting to the point where teens can’t wear a patriotic shirt on a day themed around patriotism? As it happened, Ciretta was forced to cover up her clothes and was mocked by classmates who watched it happen.
As reported by The Blaze:
Ciretta told the station she was ashamed after being asked to cover up and was upset by some classmates’ comments.
“Some kids are making [me] feel like I’m uneducated and a bad kid for believing what I want to believe, and that’s not right,” she added to WFXT.
So what is the recourse for this patriotic teen? Does she have a case against the school for discriminating against her, like so many other schools have done to conservative students all across the country? There may be good news in store, according to The Blaze.
School Board Chairman Dave Mylott told the Union Leader he reviewed the dress code and doesn’t believe it prohibits students from wearing shirts supporting Trump or any other political figure. He also told the paper he’s concerned about the incident being viewed as a violation of a student’s First Amendment rights.
“Personally, I think it’s very wrong,” he told the Union Leader. “That’s a personal opinion.”
Mylott added to the paper that if the concern centers on political intolerance among students and others in the school community, then perhaps the school needs better diversity training.
“I don’t think it was maliciously intended,” he noted to the Union Leader, “but I think it sets a precedent that I don’t think we want to have.”
Mylott also told the paper he’ll address the issue at next Thursday’s school board meeting.
Epping School District Superintendent Valerie McKenney told WFXT that two students were asked to change their clothing but didn’t mention what the students were wearing. She added to the station that an investigation has been ongoing since Tuesday and that “we will take steps to remedy this situation for all parties involved and ensure that this type of situation never happens again in any Epping school.”
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