A Harnett County high school principal has been replaced, a week after she asked a high school student to remove a jersey that bore President Donald Trump’s name on the back.
The Harnett school system on Friday announced a new principal for Harnett Central High School. The district said the change is directly related to the actions taken by former Harnett Central Principal Cindy Gordon last week in asking the student not to wear the Trump shirt.
The school’s statement:
After completing its review of an event that took place at the football game at Harnett Central High School on Friday, October 5, the school district is announcing several personnel changes. Effective immediately, Ms. Catherine Jones, current principal at Harnett Primary, will serve as principal at Harnett Central High School. Ms. Calvetta Dunkins, who is currently an assistant principal at Dunn Middle School, will serve as interim principal at Harnett Primary School. Harnett County Schools leadership appreciates all the patience of families, students, and the community during this process.
The school did not say if the principal Ms. Gordon still works for the district.
They don’t mess around. In New York, she’d get a medal. Read more here.
Mike Collin’s son Matthew was forced to remove his jersey at a school football game and it left him very humiliated and hurt.
Mike Collins was fighting back tears over the way his 18-year-old son was treated during a high school football game in North Carolina. He wore a jersey given to him by a family friend which had ‘Trump 45’ printed on the back, ABC News reported
“I think any mother or father would feel like I feel,” stated Collins.
The theme during the Harnett Central High School’s football game Friday was to dress patriotically for USA America night. Trump is our President and Mr. Collins, a Democrat, said we should respect our president.
The principal asked the student to remove the shirt. The boy did and went home upset. He will no longer wear the shirt.
The father isn’t planning to sue but he did seek legal counsel and several board members reached out to say they would make it right.
When ABC local called the school, they were given the old standby excuse: “While we cannot comment on specific student issues, the Harnett County Schools supports and affirms students’ rights to express themselves. As long as the expression does not disrupt, and is not reasonably expected to disrupt, the educational mission of the school system, these rights include wearing clothing expressing political messages or supporting political candidates.”
It shouldn’t be political to have the President’s name on a shirt. In fact, his portrait should be hanging in the school.
Too bad some in the crowd were upset, but no one should be deprived of his/her First Amendment rights because someone is offended — ever.