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A Georgia school district is under fire after an elementary student was told he could not dress like the president for a school’s “Super Hero Day.”
The young boy at Oglethorpe Point Elementary in St. Simons, Georgia chose to wear a “Trump 2020” hat, a Trump flag as a cape, and a red T-shirt with a blue “T” on it as part of the event held at the school earlier this week. But ad administrator reportedly told the preteen student to remove the cape and hat, according to the Brunswick News.
The student, who was not identified, complied and reportedly removed the cape and hat. But, according to the news outlet, which cited a statement from the school district, “asking the student to remove his costume was not consistent with the school’s dress code policy.”
A video posted by radio show host Scott Ryfun showed a young boy named Oliver who went to school as “Trump Man.” It was not confirmed if this is the same student from Oglethorpe Point Elementary.
“Trump Man to the rescue,” Oliver says in the video. “Saving the world from the diabolical clutches of.. socialism.”
@realDonaldTrump @kilmeade @dbongino
This is Oliver. Yesterday was “Super Hero Day” at Oliver’s school. He went as “Trump Man.” HIs principal made him take off his costume because Donald Trump “doesn’t have super powers.”
BTW Last week was anti-bullying week at Oliver’s school. pic.twitter.com/Y7tvzL53ve
— Scott Ryfun (@ryfun) October 28, 2020
The student was sent home Monday, according to the Glynn County School System.
“A staff member noticed his dress and went to a school administrator to ask if it was appropriate,” the statement read. “The administrator located the young man in his classroom and called the student and teacher into the hallway. After a discussion with the student about the costume, the administrator asked the student to remove the cape and the hat, and he willingly did so.”
“These actions and the determination to ask the student to remove his costume were not altogether consistent with our dress code policy,” the school system added. “This personnel matter has been turned over to our Human Resources Department.”
The incident created an uproar on social media where the decision and the administrator were blasted.
“I’m sorry, but if that’s who he thinks is [his] super hero, well he sure as heck should’ve been able to wear it,” one Facebook user commented, according to the News. “Some people actually respect their president. For the staff to make him take it off is ridiculous. I’ll say he picked a real super hero instead of a fictional one. What’s wrong with that? Come on people; messing with a kid because of his political view is just sad.”
Scott Spence, superintendent of Glynn County School District, responded to the controversy as well.
“I have been a school administrator for 20 years, and it seems that every four years when a presidential election is held, something out of the ordinary occurs in one or more of our schools,” he said, according to the Brunswick News.
“When something like this occurs, teachers and administrators are an easy target for the folks on social media. We must realize that our schools are a microcosm of our community and the issues that we have in our community are going to filter into our schools,” he added.
“In this instance, no matter what decision the school administrator made, one segment of our community was going to be unhappy,” Spence said, adding that he was not aware of a specific dress code for the school’s superhero day.
“Our teachers and administrators have worked extremely hard in a very stressful time to be able to provide face-to-face instruction for our students,” Spence said. “Situations like this only add to the stress and make their jobs more difficult.
“I am proud of everyone involved in our school system,” he added, “and we are going to keep working hard to provide the best possible education for all of the students in Glynn County, regardless of the obstacles we face.”
Twitter users expressed their anger over the “Super Hero Day” incident.
That is so wrong.
— Edwin Bell (@EdwinBell1) October 31, 2020
Time to homeschool. *smh
— Corn Pop was a bad dude (@watertribecity) October 30, 2020
How many Hope and Change t-shirts were banned in schools in the past?
— LaRay Hamilton 🎃🇺🇸🏴 (@LaRayHamilton) October 31, 2020
Children are learning a valuable lessen about American liberalism and the Democrat party when events like this occur.
— LT (@seivk) October 31, 2020
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