A 9th grade student at a Moosejaw, Saskatchewan high school who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat to class was told that he should be “embarrassed” and “ashamed” for wearing the pro-Trump cap.
According to the boy’s father, who did a phone interview on AM980 with Gormley, his son is a fan of debating ideas, and enjoys conversation about American problems.
Apparently, an art teacher at the school told the boy that the hat was a symbol of racism and sexism, and may have implied that the boy himself was supporting sexism and racism by wearing it.
Later on during class, the teacher allegedly invited his class to boo the boy, publicly shaming him for wearing the hat, and said “that’s a face I’d like to punch,” a line that President Trump infamously stated to a protester at a rally of his, during his 2016 presidential campaign.
The student, though, was unaware of the quote. From his perspective, he was just threatened by his teacher.
The teacher has since come out and admitted that saying this to the student was an error in judgement, and claims that the boy may have misheard the statement, or at the very least misconstrued it, missing the reference and thus the connotation around it.
It’s an unfortunate reflection of the state of education, where it seems as though most educators lean left of centre, and may impose those views on the young minds they are teaching.
The father of the boy says the teacher “got triggered pretty good,” also stating how surprising it is that a grown adult in a role of authority would lose composure over the hat of the US president.
This isn’t the first time that Canadians have received flack for wearing pro-Trump gear.
Recently, a Vancouver restaurant manager made headlines for refusing to serve a customer who was wearing a MAGA hat to the restaurant.
Eva Gates, vice president of operations and human resources for the Sequoia Company of Restaurants, says the MAGA hat wearing patron was sitting on the patio at Vancouver’s Teahouse when the floor manager approached him
The Vancouver restaurant manager has since been fired for refusing to serve the MAGA hat wearing customer.
Gates claims that the manager told the man he had to take off his hat in order to dine at the Teahouse, to which the patron opted to leave the restaurant instead.
The manager says he stands by his decision to ask the patron to leave.
"I stand by my decision to ask the patron to remove his hat. The MAGA hat has come to symbolize racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, homophobia. As a person with a strong moral backbone, I had to take a stand against this guest's choice of headwear while in my former place of work," he wrote.
Another incident that took place in 2016 at Calgary’s Mount Royal University was perhaps the first in Canada where students attending the university challenged another student wearing a MAGA cap to remove the headpiece.
The issues of free speech and safe spaces erupted at Mount Royal University Thursday after video surfaced of a man and a woman arguing over whether he should be allowed to wear a hat supporting U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The incident was captured on video, which was then viewed on Facebook more than 524,000 times in less than a week. The video was was also posted to Youtube, where it was seen over 300,000 times.
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