Teachers ordered home from work for wearing pro-Kamala Harris t-shirt

Teachers were sent home from school for wearing a pro-Kamala Harris t-shirt the day after the vice president’s historic inauguration.

Joy Trahan, a teacher at Breaux Bridge High in Louisiana, says she and some of her colleagues were told to change or go home after they turned up to school wearing a t-shirt with the phrase ‘Chucks & Pearls’ written on the front.

The phrase refers to Kamala Harris’ tendency to wear Converse Chuck Norris sneakers and pearl necklaces. The vice president wore her trademark pearls to her inauguration on Wednesday, a moment many women have wanted to celebrate, said Joy.

She said about 12 teachers turned up to school on Thursday wearing the ‘Chucks & Pearls t-shirt in celebration of Harris being sworn into office.

But as the day rolled on, news filtered through that bosses regarded the t-shirt as a ‘political statement that doesn’t belong in the classroom’.

The teachers were asked to cover it, change it or go home, Joy added. She argues her t-shirt does not fall into the category of politics.

She said: ‘It says “Chucks & Pearls” only, no 2021, no nothing. Not even in the colors of a party.

‘It wasn’t political. It was an empowerment of women. This was a historical moment if anything, not political, and we teach history.

‘That’s social studies, so I don’t see how they want to twist and turn that to political.

‘It didn’t matter who the woman would have been. Every woman should have been happy about it, and whether it was “Chucks & Pearls” or a different slogan for a different women, I don’t see what the issue is.

‘It was brought up as political by them not us, so it’s like it’s what they want to view it as basically. It’s their mind view, their perspective that just took it the whole wrong way.’

The superintendent of St Martin Schools, Al Blanchard, released a statement saying arguing the opposite to Joy, claiming the t-shirt represents a political message.

Al’s statement said: ‘The Board maintains a policy that prohibits employees from wearing clothing, pins or other items supporting candidates or or political messages.

‘Neither myself nor the board intends to suppress nor promote any candidate or political philosophy.’

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