Students Disciplined After Wearing MAGA Gear At Spirit Day

School officials told students who wore MAGA gear on USA spirit day to remove it because it was a distraction.

Gilbert, AZ – Protesters gathered in front of Perry High School on Monday morning to support students who were punished for wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) clothing and carrying a Trump 2020 flag on the school’s spirit day.

The spirit day theme was “Party in the USA” and students were encouraged to dress for it on Friday, the Arizona Republic reported.

A group of students went to school wearing red MAGA baseball caps and sweatshirts. One of them carried a MAGA flag.

There were no problems until lunchtime, when administrators circulated around campus and told students they saw wearing MAGA gear to remove it because it was a distraction, the Arizona Republic reported.

The students complied with the requests and took off the offending red hats and sweatshirts, but when the school day ended just before 2:30 p.m. on March 1, they met outside to put them back on and take pictures with the flag.

That’s when things really went sideways for the students who were just trying to show their support for President Donald Trump on USA spirit day.

A school resource officer began taking photos of the kids taking photos of themselves, and then began asking students for their names, according to the Arizona Republic.

When freshman Logan Jones refused to give him her name, she was sent to the principal’s office.

On the way, she called her mother who told her not to answer any questions until she arrived at the school.

"I thought the whole situation was weird,” her mother, Heidi Jones, told the Arizona Republic. “They're out of school, so why are you coming up to her?"

Logan refused to give school administrators her name when she got to the office, per her mother’s instructions.

By the time Heidi Jones arrived 10 minutes later, her daughter had been suspended for 10 days, the Arizona Republic reported.

Jennifer Farris told the Arizona Republic that the same thing happened to her daughter, and she also told her not to answer questions until she got there.

"I think it's because the faculty didn't agree with the kids' message to support their president and they don't want them to express their feelings," Farris said. "My kids are expressing freedom of speech on USA Day. They're allowed to."

While her daughter wasn’t suspended like Logan, when Farris argued with the school administrators in the office, she was told she was being trespassed from the school and was forbidden to return to campus, the Arizona Republic reported.

"I want a public apology from the school district and the administration for how they treated not only the parents but also the students. There's no reason these kids should've gotten in trouble at all," Farris said.

Both mothers have contacted the Chandler Unified School District’s superintendent about the incident.

"They told me I was making this political and I told them this wasn't political at all. The fact is, if this was during a campaign situation, I would understand that her bringing this onto campus would be a distraction," Heidi Jones said. "However, this isn't political at all because he is already our president."

The story, with pictures of the kids sporting MAGA gear in front of the school, quickly went viral on social media and caused outrage in the community and among First Amendment supporters.

So the school sent out a letter to all of the Perry High School parents that said the story was untrue.

Principal Dan Serrano wrote that the students had been disciplined for refusing to provide their information to school administrators after school hours, not for wearing MAGA gear.

However, Serrano refused to answer specific questions or address Logan’s suspension, citing privacy laws.

Farris told KTVK that the girls were following the instructions given to them by their parents, and waiting for their moms to arrive before they answered any questions.

She said neither girl was being defiant, they were just doing what they were told to do.

"I feel bad for these children. I don't agree with everything our president does or says, but I respect our country and I'll support these kids using their freedom of speech," Heidi Jones said.

About 50 protesters gathered in front of Perry High School early Monday morning, dressed in MAGA gear and carrying American flags and Trump flags and signs supporting free speech.

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HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

So, it’s all G to sport BLM paraphernalia....... but........ this is such a big deal?

Trefflek
Trefflek

All schools are controlled by liberals, so this is no surprise.

blue s-482
blue s-482

The school official who suspended them should be terminated. 1. This was a school sponsored event with obviously no parameters set against MAGA gear 2 The students were told to give no information until the parents arrived so officials knew the parents were on the way so this could have been delayed until parents were on scene 3. The school official blew this out of proportion by being overly dramatic

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

Perhaps I am mistaken, but I do not recall any school children tossed out of the school for wearing Obama gear.

tfort
tfort

Read the article. They we’re suspended for not identifying themselves. Our school admistrators must be able to tell who is on campus.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Why should they have to do anything when school is finished?? After school is over they can do wanything they want. They were outside the school premises so that SRO had jnot right to interfere. GO TRUMP MAGA. And I am British!

magnumforc
magnumforc

If they were wearing make Mexico great again they would have been given a reward, not punished. So much for anything that supports America!

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

If this happened to Obama supporters during his time in office the Principal and others would have been Police escorted out and terminated and the School would have been totally trashed.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Where's the ACLU rushing to defend these young people's Constitutional 1st Amendment rights????? Party in the USA unless you are supporting the President. The girls had every right to follow their mother's request to remain silent until they got there. What's the big hurry to ID them when they were not disruptive????

61mouse
61mouse

Why are we still living in SCUMBAMMAS world ???

mitch73
mitch73

Admin is full of it on this one. You don't suspend a student for 10 days because they didn't tell you their name. We still live in a free society. The admin was out of line. The SRO was out of line. Zero reason for them to be photographing these students and asking for their IDs/names. Blatant abuse of authority/power.

aStewart*
aStewart*

So the school administrators thought it would be a good idea to send a letter out to the entire school population telling lies about these students? This is thr perfect example of what is wrong with our schools - they are run by feeble-minded, opinionated, bullies without the sense to know that 1,000 counts of libel against teenage girls under your charge is going to result in a very large judgement. I hope they live in poverty the rest of their lives while paying off the settlement.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good for these students at least they will not let the Liberal teachers brain wash them. 🇺🇸

mrd183
mrd183

Get an attorney and file a civil rights complaint.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Could you imagine if a couple black high school girls would have been disciplined in 2008-2016 for wearing some Obama Hope and Change shirts?