Perry High School Principal Dan Serrano is in hot water for apparently targeting the students because of their political attire. The story began to emerge when Jennifer Farris, mother of one of the students involved, posted her account of the incident to Facebook.
In her post Farris claimed that a group of students wearing Make America Great Again apparel were told to leave school property by administrators. When they refused, she claimed, the students were suspended for 10 days.
Serrano responded by defending his actions in an email sent to parents of the school (and later posted to the school’s twitter account), which he said was an attempt to clear up miscommunication circulating on social media.
In the email Serrano claimed the students were not targeted for their political attire, but rather, that their attire and signage had caused a disruption and “created a safety concern.” He also noted that federal privacy laws prevented him from providing more details about the circumstances.
However, Farris contradicted some of Serrano’s version of events when she released video, obtained by AZ Central, which showed Serrano saying “to carry a flag around is not a good use of a flag. It’s disrespectful.” When pressed by Farris about the absurdity of his implication that carrying around a Trump flag was somehow disrespectful, Serrano ultimately instructed her to leave the campus.
Interestingly, our investigation uncovered a photograph taken several days before the incident during a “dress like your mom” spirit day, where Serrano was pictured with male students who dressed in drag. Apparently he did not find this behavior disruptive, but MAGA gear is where he draws the line.
As for Jennifer Farris, she has said she is seeking a public apology from Serrano and other school officials. No word yet on whether that will happen, but it doesn’t seem likely at this stage. When we tweeted about the irony of some students being allowed to dress in drag, we were promptly blocked by the school’s Twitter account.