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Student Threatened With Suspension Over Political Shirt (Photo)

| by John Freund

A Florida high school student was threatened with suspension for wearing a "Hillary For Prison 2016" T-shirt to school. 

Maxine Yeakle wore the T-shirt to Boca Raton High School, and was asked to change it or face suspension due to the disruption it was causing in the classroom, WPTV reports.

"I am wearing a 'Hillary for Prison' T-shirt at my public school today, and in my class today some people had a problem with it," Yeakle said in a Facebook post. "There was a group of girls in there who started talking really loudly and kind of obnoxiously about how awful Trump supporters are and how they are all racist and saying some really ignorant things."

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The high school handbook does not prohibit political clothing, but it does ban clothing that causes disruptions in class.  

"If you get a bad reaction, then it's against the rules," said Yeakle. "It’s totally ridiculous. I just think it opens up a can of worms and who is to say I’m not offended by a Hillary shirt? And why don’t they have to change?"

Yeakle now claims she is getting hateful comments on her Facebook post, which amounts to cyberbullying.  

"It is bullying because I almost deleted that video last night because I was getting so much hate and really it hurts," she said.

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Yeakle posted a video of herself explaining the situation to her Facebook page:  

THOSE WHO SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH PLEASE HEAR ME. It is not against my schools rules to wear political shirts. I wore a Hillary for Prison shirt today that got a bad reaction from some students. They said trump supporters are racist and unintelligent. The teacher asked them to stop talking and they refused. Because of this, I was called to the office and threatened with In School Suspension. This is wrong! It promotes ignorance and intolerance! I was cut off at the end of this video and stifled! Please share!

Users were quick to comment, with one responding, “I truly despise trump and Hillary, but what this is doing is causing more of a distraction than your shirt ever would!! Just like making a girl change her clothing because it could 'make some guy distracted from his learning environment he's not even engaged in' is a bullshit excuse to control every aspect of a woman's life. WITHOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH WE ARE NOT FREE.”

Another added, “I think that your wrong because even though you voiced yourself and wore a Hillary for prison shirt, if it causes a disruption in class it shouldn't be worn.”

Yeakle believes school administrators were wrong to make her change her T-shirt.  She claims they should have stood up for her right to freedom of expression.  

"I think it teaches intolerance because those girls were intolerant of my views and my beliefs and that's teaching them that's OK because I got in trouble for that," added Yeakle.

School administrators have not yet released a statement.

Sources: WPTV, Maxine Yeakle/Facebook / Photo credit: Maxine Yeakle/Facebook, Maxine Yeakle/Facebook via WPTV

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