A California head of school has defended his decision to ask a student to remove his MAGA hat saying the headwear is a 'symbol of racism and hatred'.
La Jolla County Day’s Head of School, Gary Krahn, told staff in an email obtained by KUSI earlier this week that he had asked a student to take off his Trump-mantra 'Make America Great Again' hat.
Krahn wrote in the email that he'd talked with the student, who attends the prestigious $37,000-a-year private school in La Jolla, California, and that he 'now understands why that hat is offensive to our community'.
Krahn said that the hat-wearing student, whose age was not revealed, 'will not wear it again. In addition his mom said that she is embarrassed by his actions. She will fulfill her role as a parent. We will continue to grow as a community that sees and values the dignity of all people.'
KUSI noted that the school's 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook did not include any dress code rules prohibiting the wearing politically-themed clothing, although lower and middle schoolers are not allowed to wear hats in classrooms.
On Thursday, Krahn released a video statement, obtained by KUSI, explaining why he asked the student to remove the hat, denying that it was a politically-motivated action on his part.
Krahn started off by noting that 'the First Amendment is very important to me' and noting that he was 'willing to give my life for it as I served in the Army.'
He then said the First Amendment - which includes the freedom of speech - 'is one of the most precious things we have in this nation.'... (Read more)
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