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Gloucester teacher verbally attacked a student for supporting President Trump. The subject was the debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — and 12-year-old Jackson Cody said he became a fast target not only of other students, but also the teacher.
“The teacher asked, ‘Who supports Donald Trump?'” Jackson recalled to WHDH-TV. “And I was the only one to raise my hand.”
“I just feel like our country wasn’t in a great place,” he told WBZ-TV. “I just wanted to learn more about Donald Trump because it seemed like he was making our country rise again and become America again.”
He noted to WBZ that “a few kids were going to raise their hands, but then they heard the teacher say to me, ‘Oh Mr. Jackson, I thought I liked you.'”
“Then she asked why I support a racist and a pedophile,” he noted to WHDH.
Jackson added to the station that “she also said, ‘I am ashamed of any woman who voted for Donald Trump,’ and I told her my mom and one of my grandmothers voted for Donald Trump.”
Other kids in the class smelled blood — and apparently his teacher did, too.
“I was just upset because other kids in the class were ganging up on me, laughing at me, and she was laughing and wouldn’t say anything to them,” Jackson noted to WHDH.
Once Jackson’s family found out what went down in his class, they fought back.
They contacted a First Amendment attorney and asked the school for an apology, WBZ said — and got one.
“We tell them to stand up for yourself and don’t be afraid to speak your opinion,” Jackson’s father, Jay Cody told WBZ. “Their opinions are theirs; they’re not our opinions. They’re very well read children. They like to educate themselves on their own topics. Unfortunately they do disagree with us very often.”
Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent Ben Lummis told WHDH he was disappointed after first hearing about the incident.
“We always want our students and staff to feel safe — and that their point of view is understood and respected,” he told the station in a statement. “Every day in our schools — we strive for tolerance, understanding, different perspectives and being civil.”
In the end, Jackson told WHDH “everyone has the right to their own opinion, and everyone should respect that.”
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