Mandan Schools responds to political flag briefly displayed in classroom, shared online

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UPDATED 8pm: The Mandan School District is investigating a case of politics invading the classroom.

The incident happened on Friday in a high school science classroom when a student brought in a Trump campaign flag.

According to another student in the class, the teacher allowed the flag to be displayed, which read — Trump 2020 — followed by a sentence with a curse word on it.

That student posted an image of the flag on social media, igniting a heated debate about politics in the classroom.

Timestamps on the student’s social media accounts show the flag was up for most of the class period.
The school district says displaying a political flag is a violation of district policy.

And the student who posted the images.. says she thinks personal politics don’t belong in the classroom.

“I wouldn’t even care if it was a Biden or a Trump flag, or a pride or black lives matter flag its just like, it’ doesn’t have a place in school and it’s something that doesn’t need to be shared especially since teachers aren’t supposed to share their political view,” said Senior Mya Utter.

The district says it’s still investigating the incident.
Mya’s mother says her daughter will not face any discipline from the district for posting the images.

A political flag briefly displayed Oct. 2 in a Mandan Public Schools classroom and shared online through a photo has prompted a school district investigation and apology.

A photo taken of the display shows the flag tacked to the back of a large desk area with the words, “Trump 2020. No More B******t.”

The image was apparently shared widely online.

The political flag is one of several variations that are available online through large retailers like Walmart, Amazon and other independent websites.

Today, Mandan Public Schools issued a statement on the in-classroom flag display.

“Mandan Public School officials became aware of a political flag displayed in a Mandan High School classroom late in the school day on Friday, October 2nd,” the statement noted. “Since Friday, the district uncovered additional information that was not readily available on Friday afternoon. This information points to the fact that the flag was brought to the classroom by students and was up for less than one full class period. The displaying of a political flag of this nature is inappropriate and is a violation of district policy. Once officials have finished investigating the incident, appropriate action will be taken. We apologize for any discomfort this caused to our community.”

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