A California teenager is fighting for her right to Make America Great Again on her school’s campus.
The 18-year-old, Maddie Mueller, is a senior at Clovis North High School in Fresno, California who has caused a commotion by wearing her red MAGA hat, Yahoo News reported.
But it is not only the hat that is the issue, it is her support for President Donald Trump who made the hat famous.
Clovis North student believes her first amendment right is being violated when the school did not allow her to wear a #MAGA hat. CUSD Dress code does not specify political garb is now allowed. @KSEE24 @realDonaldTrump live at 11. pic.twitter.com/ZGH2Xbj5E8
— Alexan Balekian (@RealALEXAN) February 21, 2019
“He puts pride back in America — when I first heard him say ‘Make America Great Again,’ it touched me because I had never thought about patriotism before,” she told Yahoo News.
Mueller enjoys expressing her political views through fashion: T-shirts that read “Build the Wall” and “Deplorable” and with images of the president’s face and his campaign slogan, but her clothing isn’t appreciated at school. “I’ve been repeatedly pulled aside by teachers and sent to the disciplinary office, but nothing made it onto my official record because there is no rule about Trump clothing,” she says.
On Feb. 20, Mueller had planned to wear her red MAGA hat with her friends in the Valley Patriots, a pro-Trump community group. But anticipating another clothing violation, Mueller asked her school for permission. She didn’t get it.
Kelly Avants, a Clovis Unified School District spokesperson, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that MAGA-themed clothing is fine, with the exception of hats.
Should students be allowed to wear MAGA hats?
“Our dress code policy contains general guidelines to support a learning environment free from distraction and that promotes a safe and welcoming environment on campus,” Avants said.
“The district dress code allows for students to wear shirts or other clothing with a wide variety of sayings and/or political commentary,” he said.
“Unless causing an actual disruption on campus, MAGA apparel is acceptable, and this has been shared with the student,” he said.
“The issue raised here is specific to a hat,” Avants told Yahoo of the Make America Great Again hat.
“Both the district’s dress code policy and the school’s handbook lays out allowable headgear to be hats or caps with the school logo and or in solid school colors,” he said.
“There has never been a subjective evaluation of what language or logo is or is not on a hat, because the policy is straightforward in allowing only school hats or hats in solid school colors,” he said.
But Mueller, which is an interesting name for a supporter of President Trump, said that her support for President Trump is positive.
“Since when is American pride and patriotism inappropriate?” she said as she told Yahoo that kids have worn other hats such as gay pride to school.
“Last year, a kid wore a red MAGA hat to school every day and no one said anything,” she said.
“The school is failing to enforce its dress code,” the teenager said.
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