A high school student in Gilbert, Arizona, was suspended from her school because she dared to hold a Donald Trump flag to take some pictures.
The outrageous punishment occurred last Friday at Perry High School when teen Logan Jones was suspended after a security officer criticized her for posing for photos with the Trump flag and a Trump sweatshirt.
According to PJ Media, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sent a letter to the school demanding that its actions be vacated.
“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.”
“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,” the group added.
The teen says that she and her friends were wearing Trump and USA gear for the school’s “Party In The USA Day.”
The ADF letter continued:
“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.”
The teen says that they started to comply, but the security guard began taking photos of them and demanded their names. The guard also said he was following orders from Vice Principal Heather Patterson.
The school claims that the girl was suspended for refusing to cooperate with the security guard. But ADF sees other reasons.
“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.
The school eventually dropped the suspension.
But it should never have implemented it in the first place.
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