New Jersey mom calls out teacher she says hung an anti-Trump T-shirt in his classroom

Lauren Holter
A <span>Roxbury, N.J., high school teacher allegedly hung a T-shirt with President Trump’s portrait on it and the word “Nope” underneath. </span>(Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)
A Roxbury, N.J., high school teacher allegedly hung a T-shirt with President Trump’s portrait on it and the word “Nope” underneath. (Photo: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)

A New Jersey mom has accused a high school teacher of inappropriately bringing politics into the classroom by displaying an anti-Trump T-shirt. The shirt mimicked former President Barack Obama‘s “Hope” posters, but it had the words “Nope” and “Vive la résistance” underneath a picture of the current president, the local Morristown Daily Record reports. (A similar shirt can be purchased here.)

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Laurel Whitney told the local paper that a student in the Roxbury High School class sent her a picture of the T-shirt so students wouldn’t face retribution for sharing it themselves. Whitney, whose son graduated from the school in 2016, told the Morristown Daily Record that the shirt was hanging in the classroom for a month.

A T-shirt similar to the one a New Jersey teacher is accused of hanging in his classroom. (Photo: Teecream)
A T-shirt similar to the one a New Jersey teacher is accused of hanging in his classroom. (Photo: Teecream)

“It was not just anti-Trump. It was calling for a revolution,” she said. “It was certainly not a message that teachers should be giving students.”

Roxbury Public Schools superintendent Loretta Radulic told New Jersey 101.5 that she couldn’t discuss a “personnel matter” but said the situation “was handled appropriately.” Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to Radulic for further comment.

Whitney said the shirt came down last week. But her own son apparently had a problem with the same teacher getting political when he was still at Roxbury High. Whitney said the teacher made her son update a current-events project on Israel to add Al Jazeera as a source, a news organization Whitney said uses anti-Semitic language.

“He should be made an example of rather than defended by the superintendent,” she told New Jersey 101.5 about the teacher.

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