Parent Mike Collins was upset over how his 18-year-old son was treated when he showed up to a high school football game in Angier, North Carolina, wearing a jersey printed with President Donald Trump’s name.
Collins' son wore the Trump jersey to a Harnett Central High School football game on Friday. Attendees were asked to wear patriotic attire for USA America night.
But a school principal reportedly ordered Collins’ son to take off the jersey because it was a "disruption." He complied, but felt humiliated and decided to go home, according to WTVD-TV.
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"I think any mother or father would feel like I feel," Collins told WTVD.
Collins told the new outlet his son chose to wear the jersey, which was a gift from a family friend.
"We don't want any kids violated. We don't want to see kids embarrassed over something like this," Collins stated. "He was not disrespectful. He was not acting in a manner that would cause attention to him."
Has the school district responded?
Harnett County school district spokeswoman Natalie Ferrell issued a statement that read:
While we cannot comment on specific student issues, the Harnett County Schools supports and affirms students' rights to express themselves. As long as the expression does not disrupt, and is not reasonably expected to disrupt, the educational mission of the school system, these rights include wearing clothing expressing political messages or supporting political candidates.
Collins, a registered Democrat, believes the school district was out of line.
"We're not promoting Donald Trump,” Collins said. “He's our president. Again, you've got to respect your president. I can assure you that there was nothing about this shirt that was disruptive. I think we should stand up for our rights."
Collins told the TV station he does not plan any legal action, but did consult with his attorney, Tony Buzzard.
Several school board members have reached out to Collins to “make things right,” the report states.