Last week, an incident occurred in York County, Virginia, between a high school student and a school employee who wrapped a pro-Trump flag around the student’s neck in protest of the student bringing the flag to school, all of which was caught on film. In the days since, the video has gone viral and is yet another act of aggression against supporters of President Donald Trump.
Tabb High School in southern York County had its “spirit week” during the first week of March. An unidentified student brought a “Trump 2020” flag to class for the activities at school, but a school employee identified as a “para-educator,” sometimes known as a teacher’s assistant, decided the flag should be wrapped around the student’s neck in protest.
Classmates claimed the teacher’s assistant had previously attempted to take the student’s phone, but the exchange was captured by another student across the room.
After school administrators notified students, parents, and teachers of the incident, the surrounding community condemned the act.
In a statement reported by 13NewsNow, a York County School Division spokesperson said:
“The York County School Division is aware of the video being circulated on social media depicting an interaction between a para-educator and a student. We take this matter seriously, as we do all concerns brought to our attention.
The York County School Division believes every student is entitled to a safe and welcoming school environment. School Board policy also recognizes that school time and school property should not be used for any political purposes. Employees are expected to refrain from engaging in any activity supporting or opposing a candidate or political party while on duty, while on school property during school hours, or while representing the school division.
As such, we would like to assure our community that school and division administrators are continuing to review this personnel matter in accordance with division policies and procedures.”