Teacher Commands Student to Remove Trump Banner During Virtual Class

Students around the nation are having a rough go of it in 2020, thanks in no small part to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 is still spreading throughout the nation, and has seen a bit of an increase as of late thanks to the cooler weather and a general fatigue among Americans when it comes to lockdowns and precautions.  Given just how contagious the disease is, many schools have opted to remain virtual-only, meaning that students are working from home as teachers are beamed directly onto their screens.

And while one would think that this would lessen the number of disciplinary incidents that students face, there are still some places where trouble arises.

For instance in New Jersey, where one student was booted from class over his support for President Donald Trump. 

A New Jersey teen said a teacher ordered him to take down a Donald Trump banner hanging behind him in his home during a virtual class last week, according to local reports.

Anthony Ribeiro, a 17-year-old student at Toms River North High School said the teacher saw the banner and told him to remove it before class.

“He said, ‘Anthony take the sign down right now’ and I looked up, seeing class hasn’t started yet,” the teen told NBC New York. “I was on my phone. I looked up at him and kind of just looked back down like I didn’t hear him.”

Ribeiro deescalated the situation by simply leaving class.

But the teacher repeated the request and said Ribeiro would have to leave if he refused.

“I waved goodbye, and I was gone,” the teen said.

The school itself is reviewing the incident, declaring preliminarily that there appeared to be no rule broken by Ribeiro.