A teacher at River Ridge High School in Cherokee County, Georgia, has come under fire after video surfaced of her telling two students to leave her class last week because they were wearing pro-Trump T-shirts.
Although school officials are unable to disclose any disciplinary actions against the teacher, Cherokee County School Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower issued a letter of apology, and confirmed that the teacher was in the wrong and the students will not face any sort of disciplinary action.
In the video, the teacher compared the students’ pro-Trump T-shirts to wearing swastikas in school and also indicated “Make America Great Again” was a slogan for neo-Nazis. But as it turned out, the shirts did not violate the school’s dress code policy, and school officials essentially noted the teacher should have left her personal political opinions out of the classroom.
After the incident, Hightower issued the following letter of apology.
On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to provide you with more information about a story currently circulating in the media and on social media regarding an incident at one of our high schools.
In this regard, a River Ridge High School math teacher on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 erroneously told two students their shirts with campaign slogans were not permitted in class. Her actions were wrong, as the “Make America Great Again” shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code. The teacher additionally — and inappropriately — shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.
The school’s Principal immediately met with and apologized to these students and their families. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is deeply sorry that this incident happened in one of our schools; it does not reflect his expectation that all students be treated equally and respectfully by our employees.
While we cannot discuss disciplinary action against a teacher, we can assure you that the students face no disciplinary action. The Superintendent also is instructing all Principals to meet with their teachers and staff to review the dress code and remind them that their political opinions should not be shared with students.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day. We care about them and their future success!
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