High school principal replaced for forcing student to remove Trump jersey at football game
The action came after the father of the teen complained that the principal had forced his son to remove a jersey, specially printed with President Donald Trump's name on it.
A North Carolina high school principal was reportedly removed from her job after she forced an eighteen-year-old student to take off a Trump football jersey during a game, according to reports. The school district on Friday announced that Condy Gordon was replaced as principal of Harnett Central High School in Angier, North Carolina.
The action from the school district came after the father of the teen complained that the principal had forced his son to remove a jersey, specially printed with President Donald Trump's name on it, during a patriotic-themed football game last week.
WTVD-TV reported that the school students were participating in a patriotic-themed football game and were encouraged to dress in something appropriate for "America Night."
Cindy Gordon was removed from her job as principal at Harnett Central High School in Angier, North Carolina, after she forced a student to remove a Trump jersey he wore to a football game: https://t.co/udIPTZDKnV pic.twitter.com/TWodhvQgP3— Tom Cleary (@tomwcleary) October 15, 2018
The teen's father, Mike Collins, said that for the occasion, his son chose to wear a jersey with the Stars and Stripes depicted on the sleeves and the name 'Trump' on the back of the jersey, with the number 45 printed below it. While talking to the television network, Collins said that the jersey was given as a gift to his son by a friend.
Reports state that when the teen wore the jersey for the event, some people in the crowd did not like the overtly political shirt and that's when Gordon asked the teen to remove the garment.
The boy reportedly complied and went home. However, Collins said that his son felt humiliated by the experience, adding: "We don't want any kids violated. We don't want to see kids embarrassed over something like this. He was not disrespectful. He was not acting in a manner that would cause attention to him."
The Harnett County School District also issued a statement regarding the incident and said: "While we cannot comment on specific student issues, the Harnett County Schools supports and affirms students' rights to express themselves. As long as the expression does not disrupt, and is not reasonably expected to disrupt, the educational mission of the school system, these rights include wearing clothing expressing political messages or supporting political candidates."
The school district released another statement on Friday to the press, stating that the removal of Gordon from her position was directly related to her actions during the event. "Again, we want to emphasize that Harnett County Schools supports and affirms students' rights to express themselves - including wearing clothing expressing political messages or supporting political candidates or officeholders - in ways that are not expected to disrupt school or school events."
Collins added that he is a registered Democrat and that the principal overreacted: "We're not promoting Donald Trump. He's our president. Again you've got to respect your president. I can assure you that there was nothing about this shirt that was disruptive. I think we should stand up for our rights."