GILBERT, Ariz. (WCMH/CNN NEWSOURCE) – Students at an Arizona high school say they were disciplined for wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ attire at school.
The students wore the MAGA gear for ‘Party in the USA Day,’ part of the school’s spirit week.
“We just wore all of the America stuff we had, obviously Trump is the president so we wore Trump stuff because he’s the leader of our country, right?” sophomore Morgan Dupuis told AZFamily.com.
The students said at the end of the school day, they were taking a picture in their outfits and holding a Trump flag when they were approached by a school resource officer.
“The police officer came up and said, ‘we would like you to take off the merchandise and get off the campus,'” junior Tori Farris said.
The students told AZFamily they started to walk off school property and the resource officer started taking their photos and asked them to come to the office.
“She said that they had been asked to leave school campus because they were wearing “Make America Great” things and they were taking pictures with a big banner,” Jennifer Farris, Tori’s mom, said.
Jennifer Farris recorded an exchange with administrators.
“I asked why they were asked to leave the campus and they said because they were displaying the flag,” Farris said. “I said, ‘are they not allowed to do that?’ and they said ‘no, it’s disrespectful and we see that as disrespecting the flag and we asked them not to.'”
Farris said she was trespassed from the school property and forced to leave.
Freshman Logan Jones said she was the one who brought the flag. She said it was in her backpack for most of the day, aside from a USA Day assembly and when they were taking photos.
Jones said he was suspended for 10 days because she refused to talk to administrators until her mother arrived.
“Us taking pictures wasn’t a new thing, people do that all the time [and] they don’t have any problems with it. It’s a very normal thing to do and it seemed kind of off to me that as soon as it had to do with Trump, they said ‘you guys need to get off campus,” said Dupuis.
Saturday, Principal Dan Serrano sent an email to parents at the school insisting that politics played no part. He said a group of students caused a disruption at lunch and stirred up another scene after school.