On the last day of spirit week, Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona, suspended student Logan Jones after a security guard was apparently triggered by her and her friends taking photos after school, but still on school grounds.
Her crime? Posing with a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) sweat shirt while holding a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” flag.
Many people remember when school children were forced to sing praises to Barack Obama. But, somehow, that’s not offensive?
On Wednesday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sent a demand letter warning of legal action unless the school dropped the suspension, and the school complied, but did not remove the reprimand from Jones’ record.
“Public schools have a duty to respect the legitimate free expression of students that the First Amendment guarantees to them,” Tyson Langhofer, ADF senior counsel and director of the Center for Academic Freedom, wrote in a statement Thursday.
“While it’s good that the school is allowing Logan to return to school, it isn’t acceptable that this unjust suspension will remain on her record,” he added.
“As we continue discussions with the school, we are also consulting with Logan and her mother to determine what our next steps will be if the school doesn’t do the right thing and remove the suspension,” Langhofer continued.
“According to the demand letter, Jones and her friends had dressed in patriotic and USA-themed clothing for a “Party in the USA Day” on Friday of Spirit Week.”
Such activities are common, but it was apparently only the MAGA part that trigger the Trump-hate by the administrators and the security guard.
“Immediately after school was dismissed at 2:14 p.m., [Jones] and a few of her friends went to one of the outdoor common areas of campus to take pictures together before they went home,” the letter reads.
“This is a common practice for [Jones] and many other students and it happens virtually every day after school without any interference by school officials. Less than five minutes after they arrived, while [Jones] and her friend were taking a picture in their MAGA sweatshirts and holding a flag that said ‘Trump’ and ‘Make America Great Again,’ a School Resource Officer approached and ordered [Jones] and her friends to leave.”
Jones immediately obeyed and started packing up to leave, while the officer took pictures of her and her friends. He apparently started following her as she left school grounds, in what can appear as nothing less than intimidation and harassment.
He then ordered Jones to give him her name. Naturally, she asked why he needed her name, since she was complying with his order, but this enraged him further and he ordered her to report to the vice principal’s office.
Vice Principal Heather Patterson received her and asked for her name again, but before that, Jones had called her mother and her mom told her not to answer any questions until she got to the school,
So, when Patterson, who apparently doesn’t know the names of the students at the school asked Jones again for her name, she “politely replied that her mother was on her way to the office and that her mother had instructed her not to answer any questions until she arrived.”
“Once the mother arrived, a brief discussion ensued between the mother, Principal Dan Serrano, Vice Principal Patterson, and the officer.”
Principal Serrano became disgusted and left, saying, “I am tired of hearing this. Logan Jones, you are suspended for 10 days. Get off of school property.”
Jones was allegedly suspended for failing to identify herself to school officials, yet ADF argued that “this reason was mere pretext.”
“Contrary to the stated reason, there is ample evidence to establish that you imposed the suspension against [Jones] based on a disagreement with the viewpoint of [Jones’s] message,” the letter states. “Multiple videos demonstrate the hostility that School officials displayed towards the messages expressing support for President Trump and his MAGA slogan. And it is our understanding that other students have been punished as well for expressing similar viewpoints.”
“This blatant censorship of [Jones’s] speech violates the First Amendment,” the letter declares.
In dropping the suspension, the school seems to have recognized that punishing Jones for her pro-Trump and MAGA demonstration was a violation of her free speech, but their actions point to a much larger issue: the suppression of free speech in educational centers.
The school’s action is a violation of freedom of speech, and simply because liberals can’t stomach anyone having an opinion contrary to their own.
“The school’s action violates the First Amendment. Students have the right to wear MAGA sweaters and hold Trump flags. This is outrageous.”
The double standard involving Trump supporters is sickening, many people agree, especially in light of the love and forced servitude the previous administration was granted.
Here’s a video of children being taught to sing to Obama as if he were a God: