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Georgia Teacher Says Students Can't Wear Trump Slogan (Photos)

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A Georgia high school teacher is at the center of controversy for telling students they couldn't wear T-shirts emblazoned with President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

The incident took place at River Ridge High School in Cherokee County on Aug. 31, reports the Daily Mail.

Video, taken by students and circulated on social media, captured the teacher saying, "Just like you cannot wear a swastika to school ... you cannot wear Make America Great Again like that."

The teacher's name is Lyn Orletsky, according to the website Turning Point News. The site said that Trump's campaign slogan represents "great good," and therefore should not be compared to a swastika.

In a statement, Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby apologized for Orletsky's behavior. "Her actions were wrong, as the 'Make America Great Again' shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code," she said. "The teacher additionally -- and inappropriately -- shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class."

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"Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is deeply sorry that this incident happened in one of our schools," Jacoby added. "It does not reflect his expectation that all students be treated equally and respectfully by our employees."

Hightower instructed all principals to meet with their teachers and staff to review the dress code and remind them to keep their political opinions out of the classroom, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Among those offended by the video were Earl Ehrhart, the longest serving Republican in the Georgia House of Representatives.

"It's just shocking -- you can't do that to kids," he told AJC. "That's so wrong on so many levels. That individual doesn't need to be anywhere near a classroom ever again."

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Republican Rep. John Carson, who represents the district in which River Ridge High School is located, was also vocally offended. "It's ironic to me that the political left claims to promote free speech, but then attempts to silence conservative free speech," he said.

Another state politician, Republican Rep. Mandi Ballinger, said she was satisfied by the district's response.

"The action has been soundly condemned by the Board of Education and the students were apologized to," Ballinger said. "I'm glad the school district upheld the students' right to free speech."

Meanwhile, Orletsky is taking some heavy fire on social media since the footage emerged, notes the Daily Mail.

The site also notes that there has also been a surge of negative reviews of her on One student rated her as a fascist "who wouldn't let her students wear tshirts supporting President Trump."

Another simply said: "Stop teaching this filth and clean up these schools."

Sources: Daily Mail, Turning Point News, AJC / Featured Image: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr / Embedded Images: Lyn Orletsky/Twitter via Daily Mail, Lyn Orletsky/Facebook via Turning Point News

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