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School district apologizes after teacher removes students wearing 'Neo-Nazi' Trump shirts from class

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A Georgia school district apologized Sunday after video footage featuring one of its teachers removing students from her class for wearing "Make America Great Again" T-shirts went viral.

Though a Change.org petition calling for the teacher's resignation circulated after news of the incident emerged in the media, the Cherokee School District refused to comment on any disciplinary action that may or may not have been taken against the teacher in question.

What happened?

After two high school students wore "Make America Great Again" T-shirts to class last week, a Georgia teacher removed the students from her class and compared the "Make America Great" sentiments to swastikas.

The incident was caught on video by other students in the class.

"Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school, you cannot wear [‘Make America Great Again’] like that," the teacher said while on camera.

The teacher provided options for the students to change their shirts or to turn them inside out so that the shirt's slogans were not visible.

The teacher added, "Please go, at least for this class. I don’t care what you do in other classes."

When asked by another student in the class why the MAGA shirt-wearing students had to censor their clothing, the teacher responded, "Because it says ‘Make America Great Again.’ The Neo-Nazis ... I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan."

The school's apology

Cherokee County Schools spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby made a public apology for the teacher's behavior and noted that pro-Trump shirts are not a violation of the district dress code.

Jacoby said, "[The teacher's] actions were wrong, as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our school district dress code."

"Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is deeply sorry that this incident happened in one of our schools," Jacoby said. "It does not reflect his expectation that all students be treated equally and respectfully by our employees."

Jacoby also noted that the students wearing the T- shirts were not subjected to disciplinary action as a result of their choice in apparel.

Further, the spokeswoman added that Hightower advised district teachers to avoid sharing personal political opinions with their students.

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