Football team’s political banner photo ‘discouraged’ by school.

August 13, 2017

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Football team’s political banner photo ‘discouraged’ by school.

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MONTAGUE — A photo of some Montague High School Football Team members with a banner stating, “Trump: Make America Great Again” caused a stir on social media, and school officials issued a statement Sunday, Aug. 13, on Facebook “discouraging” it.

“On Friday, August 11, 2017, after football practice, and prior to an inter-team scrimmage, some of the Montague High School football team members posed for a photo holding a banner which highlighted a political slogan,” states the Montague Area Public Schools’ Facebook page.

“Neither the district nor the coaching staff approved or sanctioned this activity. To our knowledge, no district officials or employees were involved in the planning or creation of the banner or photo. This photo was posted on social media by parents and students. These parents and students acted on their own initiative.

“Montague Area Public Schools is focused on teaching and learning, and the use of school property to promote political speech can distract from this focus. Therefore, we are discouraging this type of activity at future school events.–Superintendent Jeffrey W. Johnson.”

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