(Natural News) A California teacher threatened to remove a high school student from a virtual classroom because a “Trump 2020” flag was visible on his bedroom wall in the background.
The mother of the 16-year-old boy involved told CBS Sacramento that the incident took place in an online class for Colusa High School. The chemistry teacher insisted that he remove the flag or adjust his camera angle so it would no longer be visible.
Another student made a recording of the online class. The teacher can clearly be heard in the footage saying: “You can sit up, remove the flag, or reposition your camera within the next 15 seconds or I’m kicking you out of class,” and then began counting.
She did not even reach 10 before the young man waved goodbye and logged out of the classroom.
The student’s mother said that the teacher has since apologized for the incident, saying she was a new teacher and that it was a mistake. She said: “There hasn’t been any guidance given to her as a teacher for the school.”
That may be true, but how does one become a teacher without knowing that this is a completely unacceptable way to treat a student? Or worse yet, why is someone who certainly knows better and likely just doesn’t care allowed to shape young minds?
And while she might not have been explicitly told, “You cannot kick students out of online classes because they have pro-Trump material in their homes,” the Colusa County Code of Conduct does not mention anything about political statements in its dress code ban, which applies to clothing with “vulgar, obscene or profane” messages.
According to the Epoch Times, state law in California generally permits students to express political views by wearing insignia such as buttons on their clothes.
The young man told the school board that he does not feel comfortable returning to his chemistry class after the incident.
University threatens to pull admission of student who posted pro-Trump videos on TikTok
In a similar incident this summer, an 18-year-old said her university threatened to cancel her admission not long after she posted a video on TikTok in favor of Trump.
Marquette University freshman Samantha Pfefferle shared a video of herself dancing outside her home in front of a “Trump 2020” flag. She claims that she has been harassed and bullied and has even received death threats from other students since posting the video. She also said that Marquette University Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Brian Troyer contacted her and said the school may reconsider her admission.
He told her she wasn’t a student, even though she had already been accepted and had paid for housing and had been assigned roommates and a class schedule.
Pfefferle says she was subjected to a slew of questions, such as how she would respond if a “Dreamer” student living down the hall from her told her they didn’t feel safe being on campus with her because of her views, or if she had put any thought into the response her videos might get.
Instead of focusing on the actual death threats this young woman is getting from people who know her name and where she’ll be attending school, the university seems a lot more concerned about the feelings of a hypothetical illegal living in her dorm. Is she sure this is a school she wants to attend?
Although the university denied rescinding her admissions offer, they did acknowledge that the admissions team had had “a conversation” with her about her social media comments.
A person’s political beliefs should have no bearing on whether or not they are allowed to attend school, whether it’s an online high school chemistry class or a university. Why is it always the liberals, who claim to be the party of tolerance, who are so bigoted against people whose views differ from theirs?
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