A boy’s field trip turned into a firestorm of nasty words over the T-shirt he chose to wear that day.
Fox News reports Nancy and Stan Jester let their son, Jaxon, head to school wearing a shirt that said “FNN” and “Fake News Network” on it.
The problem was that the seventh-grade Georgia student wore the T-shirt for the class trip to the headquarters of CNN, mocking the network with the “FNN” logo.
The shirt never made it inside the CNN building because he was forced to remove it before they left the school.
The boy’s parents, who are both elected officials, felt Jaxon’s First Amendment rights were violated by the school when he was told to take it off.
As Stan explained in a blog post, it was Jaxon’s idea to wear the shirt to CNN, and he stood by his son’s right to choose his clothing:
This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip. As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.
The father also said Jaxon’s mom warned him the T-shirt could get people riled up:
His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt.
The T-shirt that caused an uproar has both sides going at it about free speech and the First Amendment. Stan and Nancy’s style of parenting also got dragged into the mix.
Stan shared his feelings about his son’s rights being violated, pointing to what he sees as “hypocrisy” from the school system:
I’m disappointed by the hypocrisy of this decision. Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable.
Predictably, the responses came flooding in. Some were kind:
Others backed the parents who felt their son was treated unfairly:
But the dad had his fair share of haters attacking him:
Nancy defended her son’s choice to wear the shirt on Twitter, and she got smacked down as well:
As his Mom, I’m proud of him. Despite comments to the contrary, he does think for himself. You cannot simultaneously hold the belief that “children are watching” and then discredit their opinions as mere mimicry. Jax watches the news and forms his own opinions. https://t.co/n1iEDJjKg6
— Nancy Jester (@nancy_jester) November 16, 2017
As his Mom, I’m proud of him. Despite comments to the contrary, he does think for himself. You cannot simultaneously hold the belief that “children are watching” and then discredit their opinions as mere mimicry. Jax watches the news and forms his own opinions.
Not everyone saw it her way. She was called out for her parenting skills and what people implied was rude behavior by her child:
A child that age doesn’t truly think for himself. He’s going to mimic & believe what he hears at home. That’s what children do. Then when they get older & are able to listen, comprehend, & analyze others beliefs/opinions, they can decide their own truth. He’s still so young.
— KindnessOverH8 (@BlessedMaOfTwo) November 17, 2017
I would teach my kid to be respectful to my hosts. CNN was nice enough to host the field trip. Would you be ok with someone wearing a “F$&k the police” shirt if they went on a field trip to a police station?
— BLD82 (@Durham3Durham) November 16, 2017
Jaxon’s mom pointed out this was not a free event, they paid for the ticket, saying her son was a “customer.”
Some still saw it as a political move though:
Don’t use your child as a political message. Have respect for the venue he is attending or keep him home. Horrible behavior on your part
— Laura (@Countinglkp) November 17, 2017
The tshirt might be true but it’s not appropriate for school.
— You Started It (@bellafortella) November 17, 2017
Others stood firmly by the mother’s side for allowing her son to wear the T-shirt he picked out that others saw as offensive:
Good for you teaching ur kids to stand for their beliefs even if not pc. #goodjobmomanddad
— MrCrankyPants (@Psychoman1976) November 17, 2017
— Rilla9119 (@rilla324242) November 17, 2017
#LoveTrumpsHate and “When they go low, we go high” in full 180 display. This T-shirt needs to be mass produced. Bet it will sell “bigly” and be “yuge” 😉
— Mike England (@mike03car) November 17, 2017
trump shud give him a courage award???
— DePlOrAbLe ShArKy666 (@ykrahs666) November 17, 2017
Jaxon’s school apologized to the parents for making their son take off his controversial shirt, but they want more. They think their son deserves his own apology.
Should he have been allowed to wear the shirt since he had his parents permission? Or was the school right on this one?