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North Carolina High School Student Kicked Out Of Football Game For “Trump 45” Shirt

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Harnett Central High School student, Matthew Collins, was asked to take off his “Trump 45” t-shirt during a football game last week. The school’s principal has been fired after Matthew’s parents brought legal action against her.

Matthew was participating in “USA America Night” Friday night, and all of the event’s attendees were prompted to wear patriotic colors, which Matthew did, wearing a patriotic shirt with the flag’s red, white, and blue. The only thing that stood out about his outfit was the “Trump 45” printed across the back.

Here is Matthew Collins’ statement to Big League Politics, courtesy of Sonny Joy Nelson, who contributed to this report:

On October 5th, 2018, Harnett Central had a home football game. The student section for the school is called “Gold Rush” and they come up with themes for each game. The theme for the night was “America Night” so I decided to wear a jersey that has USA and the Statue of Liberty on the front and President Donald Trump’s last name as well the number 45 since he is the 45th President. I show up at the game and I walk through the metal detector. Before I could get to the table where you pay, the national anthem began to play. Therefore, my back was turned toward the administrators before I even entered the game. After the anthem was over I walked straight to the “Gold Rush” section.

I was minding my own business talking with friends and cheering on my high school football team. I never walked to the bathroom nor committed any action that would draw attention to myself or the “Gold Rush” section. I was standing on the front row and people were standing behind me making it very hard to see the back of my shirt. So half time comes around and Mrs. Gordon (the principal) singled me out and pointed at me telling me to come towards her. I walk towards her as requested when she says “Do you have another shirt you can change into?” I respond “Yes, but why?” Gordon then says, “Parents are complaining about your shirt” I make the statement of “why? He is the president of the United States and it is America Night”. She responded with “Its political”. I came back at her with “How is it political? He is our president and it’s America Night”. She then stated “Change the shirt”. As this conversation was going on, she was walking me to the front gate. However, instead of taking the stairs right beside the student section, she walked me in front of the entire stadium.

The student section is located near the end zone of one side of the field and she walked me to the staircase at the complete other end of the field in front of everyone. I then make the statement to Mrs. Gordon that “If Obama’s name was on the back of this jersey, you wouldn’t have a problem with it” She froze up and honestly didn’t know what to say. She walked me to the gate and asked “If I paid” because she was going to give me my money back. I said no and walked to my truck. At this point, I was so furious I almost had tears coming out. Mr. Booker (assistant principal) ran after me making the statement of “Don’t let them win” and “Come back in the game just without the jersey”. He then says “It’s just parents complaining non-stop”. I then respond “Those parents are what’s wrong with America” and he agreed with me. I eventually walk back in the game WITHOUT the jersey on because that was the only way I was getting back in. I felt everyone was looking at me therefore, a couple of guys and I completely left. I 100% believe I was discriminated against as well my first amendment right was violated. There were many ways to handle this situation and the way Cindy Gordon did it, was just wrong. She humiliated me and embarrassed me in front of everyone in that stadium.”

bigleaguepolitics.com

As Matthew’s father Mike said, his son was just doing “what students do at a football game,” when he was approached by Harnett Central Principal Cindy Gordon who told Matthew that she had received complaints from other parents in the crowd who “were upset about his choice to wear a t-shirt that supported President Trump.”

“Matthew felt this was a violation of his Constitutional rights,” Mr. Collins said. “This was handled the wrong way and it should have never happened. My kid was singled out and it was unfair,” Mr. Collins said.

Jason Lemons, a Harnett County School Board member who represents the Harnett Central district, and who also has a child who attends the school said that he is extremely concerned over this issue, Big League Politics reported.

“Any infringement on anyone’s freedom of speech should not be allowed,” Mr. Lemons said. “If a student is following the rules in the handbook, as this student apparently was, they should be allowed to live their life.”

Central High School’s statement makes it clear that Cindy Gordon is no longer principal after what happened, but it is unclear if Gordon will assume some other responsibility in the public school system.

 

Author: USA Really