UPDATED: School District Response Below Article.
On Thursday, a high school teacher removed two students from her class because they were wearing T-Shirts with President Trump’s slogans on them. She then compared the term “Make America Great Again” to a Nazi Swastika.
A video was recorded of the incident at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, Georgia that clearly shows the exchange between students and the teacher. When she noticed that the students were wearing the “Trump-supporting” apparel, she said:
“Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear ‘Make America Great Again’ like that,” the teacher said. She then told the students that they needed to turn the clothes inside-out. Such was the teacher’s distress at this that she told the students:
“Please go, at least for this class,” the teacher said. “I don’t care what you do in other classes.”
The children then left the classroom as another student tried to intervene on their behalf.
“Wait so both of them have to like flip their shirts inside out because it says Trump on the top?” the unidentified student asked. “They have to flip their shirts inside out it’s got Trump on it?”
“Because it says ‘Make America Great Again.’ The Neo-Nazis…I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan,” the teacher replied before the video ends.
High school teacher calls Trump shirt a "swastika" and makes him take it off in class!
How is this ok!?!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 2, 2017
This is by no means the first time that students have been punished for wearing Trump Apparel. A New Jersey high school yearbook had the logo digitally removed from photos along with pro-Trump quotes. It is a pervasive trend in schools that teachers are overtly political in how they run their classrooms which has lead to many parents complaining and taking up the issue with school boards.
But the problem runs deeper. Just this week, reports have shown that of the Antifa members arrested for violence, many are teachers in public schools. And even members of hate groups (like Antifa and BAMN) have been running for elections in school districts to gain positions that wield even greater power.
The problem is not just based in the U.S. Dr. Sebastian Gorka Tweeted this weekend that a 17-year-old relative in the U.K. had been told to remove his Make America Great Again cap for political reasons.
It has become almost endemic in public schools that teachers and management are “left-leaning.” They are using their positions to influence children politically and in line with their own beliefs. Many commentators see this as a form of indoctrination and brainwashing, and suggest that teachers are unethically abusing their positions of power.
Update: School District Response…
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.
As people across the country are being encouraged by some social media sites to contact the school, we anticipate a potentially high call volume over the next week. If possible, please avoid calling the front office during this time, and instead email the person you are trying to reach; emails are published on the school website at
A plan is in place to ensure staff will continue to be able to make outgoing calls without issues.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day. We care about them and their future success!
Barbara P. Jacoby
Chief Communications Officer
Cherokee County School District