Superintendent comments on Trump flag issue

Published 5:47 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Stanly County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff James said the North Stanly High School students who took part in showcasing a political message during a recent football game were not disciplined or punished and that the issue has “been put to bed.”

“There’s no infractions for that,” James said, regarding students, including cheerleaders, who held up a “Trump 2020 ‘Make America Great Again’ ” banner during the Aug. 30 game against Piedmont.

Though no students were disciplined by the school system, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association placed the North Stanly cheerleading team on probation until after the football season, James said.

James said he has talked to athletic directors, school administrators and local law enforcement and reviewed policies regarding political gestures on campus.

Athletic directors met with the coaches, who met with teams about the policies while principals met with students.

James said school officials will look at the student code of conduct and likely update it to include rules against political campaigning on school campuses during sporting events.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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