Arizona school suspends student for posing in POTUS gear with flag: Remember when teachers forced kids to sing Obama’s praises?

By Jon Dougherty

It’s becoming patently obvious that freedom of expression for primary school students is in the eyes of the beholder (teachers and school administrators) as evidenced by the latest round of official condemnation against kids who support our current president.

PJ Media reported:

Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz., suspended student Logan Jones after a security officer reprimanded her as she posed for photos in a “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) sweater while holding a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” flag. 

It’s not immediately clear why the above picture constituted a “security” issue given the real security issues facing schools these days, but perhaps the officer believed a deranged anti-Trump student would take physical retribution against the female students for daring to support POTUS Donald Trump.

In any event, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal organization, sent a letter to Perry High officials demanding that they reinstate Logan, which they did. Only, they wouldn’t expunge her suspension.

ADF says that’s not going to wash.

“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,” Langhofer added.

So, what was the point of the flag and MAGA gear? According to the demand letter, Logan and her friends were dressed in patriotic and USA-themed clothing for a “Party in the USA Day” on the last day of Spirit Week. And really, isn’t expressing support for our current president showing spirit and pride in our country?

Not if that president is Trump, apparently.

“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.”

PJ Media reported further:

Jones immediately obeyed and started packing up to leave. The officer took photos of her and her friends with his phone, began following her as she left campus, and then ordered her to give him her name. Jones asked why he needed her name, as she was complying with his order. At that point, the officer told her to speak with Vice Principal Heather Patterson.

Jones called her mother and told her about the situation. Her mother said she would come to the school herself and told Jones not to speak with anyone until she arrived. At the office, Jones was again asked to give 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 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.”

“This blatant censorship of [Jones’s] speech violates the First Amendment,” the letter declares.

Of course, it is. And what a difference a president makes.

Recall that when Barack Obama was sitting in the Oval Office, it was cause to celebrate — and indoctrinate — school students, which included literally singing his praises, as these kids were forced to do:

Or that time a young Texas teacher wore a “Vote Obama” shirt to school.

Now, there have been times when students were forbidden from wearing Obama gear to schools as well. But not once was any clothing tied to support of him associated with bigotry, racism, or homophobia as MAGA gear and anything with “Trump” written on it in support of the 45th president (though Obama’s racism is legendary).

Clearly, we’re dealing with a double standard here.

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6 Comments on "Arizona school suspends student for posing in POTUS gear with flag: Remember when teachers forced kids to sing Obama’s praises?"

  1. LOL! Punished for supporting the US President! I’d be at that district office with a news crew if it were my kid!

  2. Christopher Zimmon | March 8, 2022 at 10:14 am | Reply

    Those kids singing the salute to Obama reminds me of of a a film that I saw about North Korea. School children in N.K. are indoctrinated by teaching them songs that praise the dear leader. Seeing this kind of indoctrination taking place in U.S. schools turns my stomach!

  3. Freeland_Dave | March 8, 2022 at 10:27 am | Reply

    Since I can’t be civil about this stupidity with tax dollar government indoctrination I will refrain from commenting.

  4. Don’t these schools get it? You are going to be sued and you are going to lose. Superintendents HATE lawsuits and it eats up the budget for education big time. When will these idiot school administrators wise up that their politics have no place in school curriculum or discipline?

  5. desertspeaks | March 8, 2022 at 12:27 pm | Reply

    interestingly, teachers and administrators of public schools are public employees who ALL take and sign an oath of office to support, defend and be bound by the constitution.
    these people who perpetrated this disgrace should be THROWN out of their cushy public office for perjury of oath, because these kids have freedom of speech and the teachers and admin.
    FYI; Under 18 USC 1001, perjury is a FELONY with a penalty of $10k AND up to 5 years in prison.

  6. If the suspended student had worn an “I Hate Trump” hat, or a “Make America Socialist” hat, or a “Hillary 2020!” hat, or a “The Deep State Rocks!” hat, or a “Proud Leftist! hat, would that child, by supporting leftist causes, have been suspended?

    Why so many teachers and college professors have bought into the nonsense being pushed by anti-America socialists is beyond my ability to understand since communism has failed everywhere it’s been installed. Free speech — especially regarding conservative pro-America, pro-President Trump statements — is under assault by liberals, but they will not be allowed to turn our democracy into a Pravda-like propagandized socialist nightmare. They are trying, but they will not succeed. This is the United States of America, and patriots will never allow our country to cave to NWO socialism. Trump 2020!

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