A Georgia school district issued an apology after one of its teachers told students they weren’t allowed to wear “Make America Great Again” shirts in her classroom.
The River Ridge High School teacher, who hasn’t been named, incorrectly told students on Aug. 31 that the shirts violated the school’s dress code.
“Her actions were wrong, as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code,” Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara P. Jacoby said in a statement.
Jacoby said the teacher also “inappropriately” shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.
Although it is unclear who reported the incident to school officials, video taken by students was circulated on social media, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It even caught the attention of Georgia state Rep. Earl Ehrhart who told the newspaper, “That’s so wrong on so many levels. That individual doesn’t need to be anywhere near a classroom ever again.”
The school’s principal immediately met with and apologized to the students and their families, Jacoby said.
While the school district said it could not discuss disciplinary action taken against the teacher, Jacoby said the superintendent has asked all principals to “meet with their teachers and staff to review the dress code and remind them that their political opinions should not be shared with students.”
Jacoby added that none of the students were facing disciplinary action.