Oct 24, 2015

School Bans Trump, USA Clothing Because It’s “Racist”

By on Saturday, October 24, 2015

 Displaying “pro-Trump” clothing, American Flags and even red, white and blue will get you banned from an upcoming football game at a high school in Arizona because it’s “racist and offensive.”
School officials are trying to cover-up their official declaration, but because the Internet is forever, we know how desperateCoronado del Sol High School is to keep students from showing their patriotism.
At the game against Marcos de Niza High School, the Coronado school’s “official student publication” tweeted out that students dressed “inappropriately” would not be admitted. When a student asked what exactly “inappropriate” dress was, they got this reply:
That response was quickly deleted, but we have a screenshot.
Not only that, the “official student publication” published an editorial saying that themes at football games that promote patriotism and “USA” had “negative connotations.”

Students, they said, who wanted to defy the ban on patriotic clothing were immature fools, they said. They even deleted the editorial, but Google still has a cache of it. (Note: they call themselves “The Tribe”)
We as a staff do not ignore that the Tribe has incredible school spirit. It conducts an outstanding student section and is truly an important facet of our school, however, it has become involved in a heated battle with Student Council and administration over the theme of the game.
The Tribe tweeted out that the theme for the game would be “USA,” and students should wear red, white and blue. Administration recognized that this theme had negative connotations.
This is not something that can be denied—past games, even as far back as over eight years ago, have showcased themes and chants that appeared racist or offensive toward Marcos. The theme was changed to “Orange Out” after the administration decided it was best to avoid any possible offensive connotations the theme would have.
Twitter exploded.
Students became hostile towards administration, saying they didn’t have a right to tell students what to wear.
They argued that the Tribe has sole authority over what the theme should be, and that those who try to control it are violating their rights. S
ome students went as far as researching Supreme Court cases that they believed supported their arguments, even though they are incorrect.
In the case many students have been talking about and tweeting; Tinker v. DesMoines, students during the Vietnam War wore black armbands to school in protest of the war overseas.
The administration of the school told students that if they participated in the act of wearing armbands, they would be suspended. The school was eventually sued and the Supreme Court ruled that students do not lose their First Amendment right when they walk onto a school campus; however as justification for the suppression of their free speech, administration must be able to prove that the conduct would “materially and substantially interfere” with the operation of the school, in this case… The Tribe is doing just that.

Students are being “disrespectful” if they wear patriotic clothing, the editorial continues.
Where things go wrong, is when students feel the need to continually and blatantly disrespect adults and their own school. Excessively tweeting things about hating administration, or claiming you will ignore the “Orange Out” and wear whatever you please, is not a way to show spirit or even show that you’re ready to be an adult. It is the unfortunate truth that if you wear red, white or blue to the game you will not be admitted to the stadium. This is a fact. 
School officials – sadly, using the student newspaper as their mouthpiece – can’t hide their violation of students’ First Amendment rights. It’s disgusting, but another example of how the “feelings” of others trumps the rights of the individual.


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