‘WE SUPPORT FREE SPEECH’: SCHOOL PUBLISHES STUDENT’S THREAT TO ‘BEHEAD TRUMP’ IN HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK

BRAINERD, MINNESOTA — A Minnesota school district is under fire since a statement permitted to be published in a high school year year book has gone viral.

In a page dedicated to president Donald Trump, Brainerd High School students were asked to share their thoughts on their new president to be published in the school’s 2017 yearbook. Each student’s answer was to appear in a quote next to their photo.

One student, who’s name is being withheld due to her being under age, wrote, “I would like to behead him. I do not like him.”

Some local parents, outraged after viewing their child’s yearbook, uploaded the page to social media and the story quickly went viral.

After being bombarded with complaints and calls for explanation, the director of Brainerd Public Schools on Friday issued a statement (http://isd181.org/#article1) in which it said while the comment should have been removed, the school board does recognize their students’ rights to free speech.

“While the District supports Free Speech, the disrespectful statements in the yearbook are contrary to the basic educational mission of the District and should not have been included in a school sponsored publication,” the statement said.

Conservative actor Scott Baio, best known for his television roles in “Happy Days” and “Charles in Charge” shared the photo on his Twitter page (https://twitter.com/ScottBaio?lang=en) , tagging the president, the FBI, Sean Hannity and Kellyanne Conway, to alert them of the situation.

So far, there is no word on whether or not the student will face criminal charges in regard to the threat against the president.

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