(Tea Party PAC) – A New Hampshire teenager was forced to remove her MAGA hat and “Trump” shirt at school when she opted to don the gear for her high school’s “America Pride Day” on Monday, according to reports.
Ciretta Mackenzie is a 15-year-old freshman at Epping HIgh School in Epping, New Hampshire, and she told Fox that her teachers admonished her for wearing her MAGA hat and Trump t-shirt, forcing her to borrow a sweatshirt to wear all day to cover up the shirt.
“It’s just a shirt, and it only says ‘Trump: Make America Great Again.’ It doesn’t say anything like ‘build a wall,’ so I don’t get how it could be offensive, how it could be disrespectful,” Mackenzie said, according to Fox News.
She explained that her school principal said that the Trump gear violated the school dress code, but the dress code itself seems to conradict this.
“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,” McKenzie explained. “We don’t have to agree, that fine.”
Now, the school superintendent says the matter is being investigated.
Superintendent Valerie McKenny would not comment specifically on this investigation as it involves an employee of the district, but noted that she would like to make sure such an incident does not happena again.
“When the investigation has been completed, 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,” McKenney said, according to the Union Leader.
David Mylott, school board chairman, said he could not find anything in the dress code that would prevent a student from wearing clothing promoting Trump. He added that he will be bringing the incident up at this week’s board meeting.
The ACLU, surprisingly, also spoke out in defense of students’ rights to wear political gear at school.
“We are deeply concerned about the actions of Epping High School in censoring this peaceful political speech in support of the President. T-shirts — as well as hats, buttons, and other wearable items — are a common way for students to express their views on everything from political races to social issues. Unfortunately, schools have a long history of trying to censor this form of peaceful expression. Public schools should create an environment where the free exchange of ideas is fostered, not silenced,” the notoriously left-leaning group said in a statement.