A North Carolina high school punished several of its cheerleaders because the girls dared to be seen supporting President Donald Trump.
At the end of August, two girls from North Stanly High School in New London, N.C., posted a pre-game photo of themselves holding a Donald Trump 2020 banner that read, “Trump 2020 Make America Great Again.”
According to the Stanly News & Press the girls were celebrating the school’s “American Night” at the football game where students were encouraged to wear red, white, and blue colors to show their patriotism.
The school claimed that when the girls published their photo online, it made the school’s snowflakes feel “uncomfortable.”
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The school did not report just who made the complaint, but they attacked the girls for making a “political statement.”
“Stanly County Schools never makes political campaign endorsements,” the school district said in a statement. “These policies ensure that all students, staff and visitors are able to attend school events in an environment that promotes students and not a particular political viewpoint.”
The school sanctioned the girls and placed them on probation for the remainder of the football season.
“One of the rules we have is that every contest should be conducted in a wholesome, athletic environment,” North Carolina High School Athletic Association Commissioner Que Tucker told the paper. “We take that to mean that it’s in an environment where good sportsmanship is shown, where people feel safe … that respect for all people participating is being shown.”
The paper added that the school punished the girls because “the incident caused concern for many and helped create a negative athletic environment.”
The school offered at least one laughable proclamation: “Stanly County Schools respects the rights of its students, staff and visitors to express their opinions in a respectful manner on their own time.”
Clearly this is not true if they are punishing the girls.
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