NC High School Cheerleaders Placed on Probation After Posing With Trump 2020 Sign

Conservatives are speaking out on social media after the high school cheerleading squad in Stanly County was placed on probation after taking pictures with a Trump banner before a football game.

Fox News pundit Tomi Lahren wrote:

Oh look! The loving and tolerant Left at it again! Use whatever bathroom you want but heaven forbid you hold a @realDonaldTrump banner! The horror!

Singer Kaya Jones wrote:

Everyone make sure you vote because these kinds of censorship moments aren’t going to stop but will get worse. It is imperative we win this next election. Don’t let your voices be silenced.

Congressman Richard Hudson wrote:

Just sent @nchsaa a letter questioning the recent probation of North Stanly High School cheerleaders. I’m appalled these students are being punished for exercising their First Amendment right to free speech. The NCHSAA should immediately reconsider this unfair punishment.

The Independent reports a cheerleading team has been placed on probation after posing with a Trump 2020 banner during a football game last month.

After a photo of the cheerleaders at North Stanly High School in New London, North Carolina, circulated on social media, the team was placed on probation for the remainder of the football season by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

According to the athletic organisation, the probation is a warning, rather than a punishment, meant to “highlight the NCHSAA’s philosophy of cheerleading as well as Stanly County Schools’ local district policy on political endorsements by individuals representing the school”.

District officials also said in a statement that the act was “not endorsed by the school or its staff”.

Under the regulations of the Stanly County Board of Education, political advertisements on campus or at school are not allowed – a policy it said Monday “does not prohibit students from speaking their minds or engaging in protected First Amendment activities”.

But, while both the school district and the high school have confirmed that the squad is allowed to continue cheering despite the political display, the decision to place the students on probation has sparked a conversation about freedom of speech.

On Facebook, an event scheduled for Friday asks members of the community to come out in support of the cheerleaders, which it says have been “wrongly put on probation”.

“Please bring all your Trump and MAGA gear and let’s throw our support behind the North Stanly High School cheerleaders,” the event description reads.

This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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