Parents upset after students pictured in MAGA hats on school field trip

Some New Jersey parents have expressed upset after a handful of eighth grade students were pictured wearing “Make America Great Again” hats on a school field trip.

Students from Avon Elementary School in Monmouth County were on an end-of-the-year trip to Washington, D.C., during which several students purchased the red hats as souvenirs. Avon School District Superintendent Christopher Albrizio tells Yahoo Lifestyle that there were no disruptions on the trip as a result of the hats. However, once parents saw photos of the students on an internal site, some expressed concern.

The photos with the hats, which feature a slogan associated with fans of President Donald Trump, were addressed in multiple emails sent to the school board from parents; the issue was also brought up in a June 12 Board of Education meeting.

“During the meeting, the Board recognized that students have the right to express themselves and that they do not believe students wearing the hats nor the post violated Board Policy,” Albrizio explained in a statement.

The superintendent also shares that the district has been in touch with the board’s attorney for further guidance.

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