Missouri high schooler suspended after holding up ‘potentially disruptive’ Trump sign at pep rally

Aug 31, 2016 by

FESTUS, Mo. – A Missouri high-schooler was suspended after he held up a Trump sign at a school pep assembly and reportedly refused to put it away when confronted by school officials.

Festus superintendent Link Luttrell told KMOX the unnamed student was suspended for three days because his sign at a Festus High School pep assembly on Friday was “potentially disruptive” and he repeatedly refused to put it away.

Luttrell insisted the decision had nothing to do with the student’s support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and said the punishment was doled out because the student willfully disobeyed school officials.

“If there are items that are really unnecessary, they’re going to be asked that those be put away,” Luttrell told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The superintendent also stressed that school officials did not violate the student’s right to free speech by forcing him to do away with the sign.

A picture of the student posted to Facebook by Desi Patterson-Conway shows the young man wearing a cap and hold holding a sign above his head with “Trump” scrawled on it. He’s smiling, and in a gym full of students moving about.

KMOX reports about 600 students attended the assembly.

Source: Missouri high schooler suspended after holding up ‘potentially disruptive’ Trump sign at pep rally | EAGnews.org

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