Now, to be fair, at one point in the video, the voice reportedly belonging to the teacher makes an allusion to the fact that there are rules against hats — which makes it possible that the real problem was with the fact that the student was wearing a hat in general, not with the fact that the student was wearing a MAGA hat in particular. At another point in the video, however, a voice reportedly belonging to another student insinuates that the MAGA hat is “racist,” which makes it seem as though the problem with the hat was that it was a hat in support of Donald Trump.
In any case, evacuating an entire class over a hat is an absolutely ridiculous and absurd response. Students should be able to wear hats in school — yes, even if those hats say “Make America Great Again.” After all, I think it’s absolutely absurd to think that something as simple as a hat representing a political figure with whom you happen to disagree constitutes something that would create a hostile learning environment. Personally, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I’ve routinely seen people around me wearing clothing and hats that express their support for each of these candidates. How did that make me feel? Well — it . . . didn’t. It didn’t make me feel anything at all, because I am perfectly aware that other people have different political views than I do. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that being aware of this — and accepting this — is something that’s going to be absolutely necessary for you to do to be able to live a healthy, well-adjusted life.