School Cancels Spirit Day, Makes Up Bullying Claims To Stop Wearing Of MAGA Hats

Holly Matkin

Logan Teague and David Moore wore their "MAGA" hats as part of a school-sanctioned fundraising event.

The Plains, VA – A group of Virginia middle school students who chose to wear “Make America Great Again” hats during a sanctioned school fundraising event were forced to remove their pro-President Trump hats due to alleged “tensions” between students.

During the recent Marshall Middle School fundraiser, students and parents were asked to pay $1 in exchange for the right to wear a hat to school, WTTG reported.

Three students who participated in the event – 14-year-old Logan Teague, 13-year-old David Moore and their friend Cody – spoke to WTTG about what occurred after they and several of their friends showed up at school wearing their “Make America Great Again” hats on Feb. 27.

The boys said that everything seemed fine until lunchtime, when Marshall Middle School Principal Donna Guzman asked them to come up to the front of the cafeteria, Logan’s father, Joe Teague, told Blue Lives Matter on Monday.

Guzman told the boys to remove their hats, at which point they “politely questioned why,” Joe said.

The principal explained that “someone had been offended” by their headwear, then allegedly told them that “there would be consequences and they would be suspended if they refused” to take them off, according to Joe.

Logan and one other student were sent to the principal’s office after they continued to “politely refuse” Guzman’s directive, he said.

“After sending them to the office, Guzman announced in the lunch room that Spirit Day was canceled and all students needed to remove their hats,” Joe told Blue Lives Matter. “She then went back to the office and made a school-wide announcement, interrupting instructional time, that Spirit Day was canceled and all hats had to be removed.”

According to school officials, the event was abruptly ended due to “tensions between students,” WTTG reported.

According to WTTG, a source with knowledge of the incident claimed that some members of the MAGA-hat wearing group began bullying their Latino classmates and told them to “go back to your country.”

“It’s not true,” Moore told the news outlet.

“I think is was just excuses made because they wanted to see us get in trouble because we were wearing Trump hats,” Logan Teague added.

The district noted that none of the students were disciplined despite the allegations of misbehavior.

The boys said that they chose to wear their MAGA gear to show their support for President Trump.

“I’m supporting our president,” Moore told WTTG. “If that were to be a George Washington hat, I’m supporting that president. She wouldn’t tell us to take that off.”

Logan’s mother went to the school and met with Guzman and Kylie Henson, the assistant principal, who advised her that Spirit Day had been cancelled because “someone” was “offended by the hats” the boys were wearing, Joe told Blue Lives Matter.

“My wife voiced her opinion how she felt it was not fair and they should have dealt with the offended student individually,” he noted. “At no time did Guzman say anything about anyone being bullied.”

The boys ultimately opted to leave school early that day with the support of their parents.

“I want my son, as well other students, to be able to go to that school and support President Trump, the President of the United States,” Joe Teague told WTTG. “There’s no reason they should not be able to do that.”

“I just think that whenever President Trump comes into the equation, it just explodes,” he added. “It triggers them somehow.”

Joe denied allegations that the boys were bullying any of their peers.

“No bullying. My son didn’t say one word to anybody," he said. "He wore his hat in support of the President of the United States. I felt that they were just targeted.”

Joe told Blue Lives Matter that he has also encouraged the school to investigate the bullying allegations, but that they have refused.

“If someone truly was bullied then why aren’t they looking into it?” he asked. “If what the school says about the hats causing a substantial disruption is true then why did they target the students wearing the MAGA and Trump hats. Why not just cancel spirit day and not target/single out students?”

He also pointed out that the school is equipped with cameras, but said that school officials claimed they were not high-quality enough to capture the interactions they would have been looking for.

The reason Guzman gave parents regarding why the fundraiser was canceled doesn’t jive with the reason that was provided to the school superintendent, he added.

“Parents would like to know why the principal is telling the parents it was one person that was offended but telling [Fauquier County Public Schools Superintendent David Jeck]…something different,” Joe explained. “They refuse to look at their surveillance cameras, claiming that they don’t work good and do not catch everything.”

Joe said that teachers have also been weighing in on the MAGA hat issue in their classrooms, to include some instructors that have accused anyone who supports Trump of being a “racist.”

“Teachers are making negative comments, some saying that all Trump supporters are racist, and that we are committing borderline child abuse by forcing our Republican views and Trump on our children,” he told Blue Lives Matter.

According to Joe, Jeck ultimately held a staff meeting to review policy regarding teachers sharing their personal opinions in the classroom.

“I support Mrs. Guzman’s decision to end the event early based on the feedback she was receiving related to disruption/bullying,” Jeck told him in an email. “Mrs. Guzman has stated that she could have handled the situation better, but her instincts were spot on, in my opinion. This was not an ideological or philosophical issue…it is a policy issue. Clothing or ‘speech’ that causes a disruption are grounds for Mrs. Guzman’s response according to FCPS [school board] policy.”

“Having said that…we will be making political speech and partisanship the centerpiece of our next principals’ meeting,” Jeck continued. “The message will be simple. Schools are to be neutral when it comes to political speech, campaigning, promoting a candidate or controversial political issue, etc.”

Joe said that school officials need to acknowledge that the situation was mishandled and apologize for what occurred.

“The school is wanting it to go away, and I want them to acknowledge that they screwed it up big-time and targeted these students big-time,” he told Blue Lives Matter. “This entire incident spiraled out of control with the way it was handled.”

Comments (64)
flybynight
flybynight

Orange man bad!!!! How many times do I have to say it? *sarc

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Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Oh dear, someone got offended. Let's all get offended when suspects rob/assault/kill someone = NOTHING DONE. Let's all get offended with the rainbow flag, parades, etc. and see what happens when people get offended. NOTHING will be done.........

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The First Amendment is valid in all public places, even for minors, and it does not stop at the schoolhouse gate. When the administrators get to decide which flag is acceptable to display, and which is not, it is precisely that kind of act that the First Amendment was meant to protect us from.

The act of wearing a hat in itself is not disruptive; it’s any inappropriate response to it that can be. It is this inappropriate, disruptive behavior, which should be restricted.

I bet there were a lot of other controversial hats worn that day. Maybe some rainbow hats, Mexican hats, other hats. Freedom of expression, being able to wear that hat you want to wear, is one of many fundamental freedoms we have as Americans and should embrace, protect and teach our children about.

Kids should demand their money ($1.00) back.

Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

I’m surprised the principal didn’t have someone pull a ‘Jussie’. 🙄🙄🙄

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

That be some bullshit!

The express
The express

I hope all the kids got their money back. The school is run by asshole liberals.

538 central K
538 central K

All these liberal facist are like nazi Germany 1933.

They are only tolerant long as you tow their narrative.

So this hispanic principal is the racist. Female hispanic single outs 2 male white, Pro Trump, Pro American, First Amendment enjoying students.

The parents should sue this principal, teachers, school district, and town in federal court for violating their rights and labeling these kids for be American, white, first and Amendment enjoying kids.

My regards to commie virginia,

FUCK YOU!!!!

TRUMP IS YOUR PRESIDENT AND

HE WILL BE RE-ELECTED!!!!

Rogeball
Rogeball

I would be willing to bet that the principal is the one that was offended. She was probably a spineless liberal who wanted to make a point at the expense of these boys right to express their support for their president. Her claims of bullying need to be investigated and if it is found that she was lying, she needs to be terminated.

Gunsforall
Gunsforall

Curious to know Just who got offended. Adminisrators or students?

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

If they'd have worn ISIS logo-ed shirts or hats no one would have said a damn word.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

So the MAGA hat wearing students targeted the Latino students and told them to 'go back to their country'? But there is no evidence of said harrassment? Hmm. I believe they refer to these types of situations as 'getting Jussied'.

wisekat
wisekat

I hope the parents sue. Sounds like the parents have a civil rights case. If the shoe were on the other foot, or the cap was on the other head, I am sure those parents would sue!

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Everybody's rights matter … well except conservatives, Christians, and of course Trump supporters.

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

The last name Guzman says all you need to know!! This BIT*% was the one triggered..

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

There is no Freedom of Speech if one triggered cupcake can suppress the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Aside from Federal implications, this is Fascism at its finest and the undeniable direction of our Country. And if that offends you, KMA.

GMMiller
GMMiller

Liberals have pretty much taken over our educational system, it's not even real education it's more like indoctrination these days.

NomonK
NomonK

I have no problem with liberals saying " Trump is a racist " if I can say " Your a damn liar".

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

while i don't agree with the hats message, i do support the 1st and the kids right to wear, support or think that way!
if there are claims of bullying, then the school needs to investigate it. fail to do so, get FIRED!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

it seems like someone was https://media1.tenor.com/images/c5dd72c7443a2d62ceb22c4e4c672f4c/tenor.gif
by the sight of a MAGA hat..... I hope the snowflakes who couldn't handle it were allowed to go to their safe spaces.....

Apparently you can have all the school spirit you want, as long as you don't support the president or express conservative views. I'd have asked for my $1 back, as well as made sure the principal was aware that I was offended every time I saw a black lies matter shirt, or anything supporting obama, and that is was causing a disruption in the learning process......

Stanracer
Stanracer

I'm not a big Trump fan but, really??? What happened to freedom of expression? Liberals have all gone crazy in America!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

If it truly bothered "one," why was he/she just not sent home? Unclear

Gibbsongirl
Gibbsongirl

And if a student had been wearing a gay pride rainbow hat? And someone were offended by it? The “offended” student would be pilloried and forced to take classes in tolerance!

Leftists are such vile hypocrites!

DJD
DJD

Hod for I'd that children are taught to respect someone else's choice. I thought that was the liberal thing to do. SMH

DJD
DJD

God forbid we teach children to respects other's choices. Oh, I forgot....that's only for liberals, nevermind.

ElleD
ElleD

When what to my wondering eyes do appear..
a muslim woman in burka headgear

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

I have a strong feeling the offended person was the idiot Hispanic principal and if they were wearing Obama hats not one word would've been said. I'm against all the sue happy people in this country but in this case I hope each parent sues the school individually.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

The government and most of its “agencies” are managed by entitled victims who feel compelled to indoctrinate others so I’m not surprised when anyone in a school (employee or student) is “triggered” by something that doesn’t embolden their warped belief system.

Whutsup
Whutsup

I wonder how the school will handle class elections, Doesn't politics come into them at this age?

Marxest
Marxest

I could see those MAGA hatted white boys producing assault rifles and opening fire on the student body. White folks love to commit mass shootings.

Cosmoprimo
Cosmoprimo

Any and all efforts to push this country further into an Orwellian nightmare, as the Left is hellbent on doing, needs to be quashed, nipped in the bud. Each one of us needs to proclaim, "I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

artw44
artw44

This all started with obummer's "Some Folks" lies. The left lies and does what ever it takes to cover up the fact that they have nothing to support their lies!

JustMyTwoCents
JustMyTwoCents

These teachers are failing in their role as educators. They had the perfect opportunity to talk to the students who claimed to be offended (if there really were any such students) to explain that you will not always agree with everyone and to take the higher road, etc. Instead they are teaching them if you disagree with something then the other person should have to change for you.

Chip Besterd
Chip Besterd

This reminds me of an incident where a White employee of DuPont Valley View was fired by KEN BERTRAM and JANA GREEN, managers there! The White worker "offended" a Black coworker by using the word "woke" in a conversation with him. KEN BERTRAM told the White worker, "You can't talk to a Black person that way"! KEN BERTRAM and JANA GREEN then colluded in a SHAM "investigation" in which they targeted, framed, smeared, and terminated the White employee! NO lie lasts forever, not even YOURS, KEN BERTRAM and JANA GREEN!


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