A high school teacher forced his class to relocate after a student refused to take off his Make America Great Again hat, according to a video posted by Frank Sharp.
The altercation started after a teacher asked the student to remove his hat due to a dress code rule banning hats. The student countered, claiming that the rule is never enforced. He accused the teacher of targeting him because of the political nature of the red MAGA hat and its ties to President Donald Trump.
From there, the conversation became very heated.
Teacher: We do have rules that we push back against and we bend and that’s part of the nature of a high school. We have to constantly bend rules, alright. And part of that is the nature of who’s here and why they’re here and the fact that like nothing is so steadfast that we have to be completely to the letter of it. […]
Student: I don’t get what that has to do with expressing my political views.
Teacher: My point is about the nature of rules. And so in this particular case, the very clearly written rule is there are no hats to be worn in school can easily be applied to ask you to stop provoking people.
Student: I wasn’t provoking people.
Teacher: People are provoked by the presence of your hat.
The teacher claimed that the problem was “100 percent about the rules,” not the student’s political beliefs, but when the student pressed his teacher about it, the teacher escalated things quickly.
“Really, you just need to be a bit cool. Take your hat off or get out,” the teacher told the student.
The student replied, “I willing to participate and keep going in class. I don’t know what the hat has to do with it.”
Then, the teacher lost it.
“You’re putting me in the position where I’m either going to gather everybody up and go to another classroom and you can remain here, like an asshole, or you can take your hat off or you can go talk to an [assistant principal] about it. What do you want to do?”
The student replied, “I can’t sit here and learn?”
“Not with that hat on,” said the teacher.
The student asked the teacher, “Don’t we have a freedom of expression and a freedom to education?”
“I don’t care,” the teacher said. He then gathered the student up and started to leave.
The video was captured by a student in the room and uploaded to Youtube. It isn’t yet clear what ramifications will be held for either the student or the teacher. On the Youtube video, Sharp seemed to be hedging his bets against punishment by noting:
“In my state, it is legal for a person to record a wire, oral or electronic communication if that person is a party to the communication, or if one of the parties has consented to the recording so long as no criminal or tortious intent accompanies the recording.”