- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Georgia school district has apologized after video surfaced showing a high school teacher telling two students that their “Make America Great Again” gear was not allowed in class.

An unnamed math teacher at River Ridge High School “erroneously” told the two students that they couldn’t wear shirts bearing the pro-President Trump slogan in her classroom, The Cherokee County School District said in a statement Sunday.

“Her actions were wrong, as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code,” the statement said. “The teacher additionally — and inappropriately — shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.

“Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is deeply sorry that this incident happened in one of our schools,” she said. “It does not reflect his expectation that all students be treated equally and respectfully by our employees.”

Video shared on Facebook showed the teacher comparing the “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan to a swastika. The two male students refused to turn their shirts inside out, so the teacher ordered them to leave.

In the video, the teacher told a another student who questioned her actions that it had nothing to do with Mr. Trump, but the slogan itself.

“Because it says, ‘Make America Great Again.’ The neo-Nazis — I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan,” the teacher said in the video.

The school district said River Ridge High School Principal Dr. Darrell Herring immediately met with and apologized to the students involved and their families.

“While we cannot discuss disciplinary action against a teacher, we can assure you that the students face no disciplinary action,” its statement said. “The superintendent also is instructing all Principals to meet with their teachers and staff to review the dress code and remind them that their political opinions should not be shared with students.”

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