- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A Missouri high school student was suspended for three days after he held up a Trump sign at a school pep rally and reportedly refused orders to put it away.

Festus Superintendent Link Luttrelltold the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that while there’s no school rules against holding up signs, students generally cannot have items at school events that are “unnecessary and could distract from the current environment.”

He said Friday’s suspension wasn’t due to the content of the Trump sign, but because the unnamed student repeatedly refused orders by school officials to put the sign away.

“If there are items that are really unnecessary, they’re going to be asked that those be put away. You are violating rules about following simple commands,” Mr. Luttrell told the Post-Dispatch.

“I do not feel at all that this instance was an instance where anyone’s freedom to express was violated at all,” he said. “Again, this is like I said earlier, there’s a proper place for anything.”

A picture posted Tuesday on Facebook by Desi Patterson-Conway showed the student laughing and holding the “Trump” sign above his head as he walked among the other students, EAG News reported.


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