Students in MAGA gear accused of harassing 'liberal' students and chanting Trump slogans

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The students had clothing and banners supporting Trump and his Make America Great Again slogan. (Photo: AP)

Officials at a high school in Chandler, Ariz., say a group of students wearing Make America Great Again garb harassed their classmates and chanted “Trump” during lunch, the Arizona Republic reports.

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One of the teens allegedly also called a fellow student a “p***y liberal” during the incident on March 1, which Perry High School had designated as a spirit day with a “Party in the U.S.A.” theme. Video footage reviewed by administrators confirms that obscenities were used against other students.

Additionally, a female student claims one of the group members called her a “fat ghetto white girl” and made fun of her for walking too slowly. Her friend was also allegedly called an offensive term for refusing a Trump flag. One mother called the principal to complain that a black student had been surrounded by teens shouting Trump slogans, while another mom said that “there was a 'Trump rally going on' at the campus.”

The MAGA-supporting students have been accused of going too far with their name-calling — though it’s unclear how administrators responded. Despite claims that the students were made to remove their MAGA gear, school officials say that they only demanded that one boy take off a Trump banner he was reportedly wearing as a cape.

The students were not otherwise disciplined, as officials "determined that there were insufficient grounds to discipline any of the students who were alleged to have been chanting ‘Trump’ and making offensive statements to other students,” according to Cathleen Dooley, an attorney for the Chandler Unified School District.

One girl was, however, suspended for three days because she violated school policy by refusing to give administrators her name after a school resource officer questioned the students and told them to leave because they were loitering on campus after school hours and posing for pictures with the Trump banner. The group allegedly ignored the instruction to leave.

The incident prompted Republicans in the state to accuse the school of suppressing the students’ right to free speech, which in turn sparked an official inquiry into the matter by the Arizona attorney general’s office.

But school officials are standing their ground, citing video footage and interviews with other students. Dooley’s April 8 letter to the attorney general’s office claims that the group’s First Amendment rights weren’t violated “because no student was disciplined for speech-related activities.”

School administrators say the group’s actions “heightened tensions among students,” but maintain that the Trump supporters were not disciplined on the basis of their political affiliations.

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