Cheerleading Squad Gets Probation for Its Trump 2020 Banner Photo

Unbelievable: North Carolina team members are in trouble because they showed their support for the president while 'representing' their school

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If you kneel during the playing of our national anthem and disrespect our country, our flag, our military, and our police officers — you’re somehow called a “hero.”

But if you bring a Trump 2020 banner to your school “America Day” celebration, well then you’re called a “racist” and punished.

That’s the current state of divisiveness and Trump Derangement Syndrome that has permeated our nation’s schools today.

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The details are hard to believe.

A cheerleading squad in North Carolina was placed on probation after the team posed for a picture on “America Day” with a Trump 2020 banner.

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“The photo was taken before the August 30 football game,” as BizPac Review noted, “and made its way onto Facebook after being posted by a teacher. The image in question shows a group of seven female cheerleaders with two boys who brought the banner that said: ‘Trump 2020, Make America Great Again.'”

“Sadly and predictably since then, the North Stanly High School cheerleaders and their families have felt the backlash from merciless threats and bullying. The mother of one of the cheerleaders told Fox 46: ‘They’re labeling these cheerleaders [with] terrible derogatory names, they’re calling them racists, they’re calling them bigots, these things that they are not.'”

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Two of the young boys from the squad said they took the picture to show patriotism.

They thought they were covered by the First Amendment. Oops — guess again.

“Matthew Mangham and Carson Palmer are the two young men in the image,” BizPac Review also noted.

“We took a picture of the Trump flag because he is our president and it had red, white, and blue on it,” Mangham told Fox 46. “We figured it would be covered by our First Amendment rights,” Palmer also said. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

The Stanly County School investigated the incident and found nothing technically “wrong. However, the [administration] warned the students to express themselves in a respectful manner, and politics are to stay out of school events.”

So let me get this straight: In America, you’re not allowed to show support for the duly elected president of the United States at school without it being deemed “disrespectful”?

Liberalism is rotting the minds of our young people, in my view.

The actual punishment of probation was issued by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The NCHSAA said the probation was not a “punishment” — but a rather a “notice of bad behavior.”

The group also claimed the incident violated the policies “on schools promoting political campaigns since the girls were in uniform representing the school.”

The good news is the cheerleaders are getting support from their community.

A rally is being planned at the next football game to show support for the kids.

“The more the merrier. I’d love everybody to line the street so that everybody going to the game goes through the biggest Trump rally they’ve ever been to. That would be phenomenal,” organizer Jeremy Onitreb said in a video posted on the event page.

He also urged those attending to bring “all your Trump and MAGA gear.”

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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