The head of a prestigious private school in California called the Make America Great Again hat — the iconic symbol of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign — a “symbol of racism and hatred” after a student wore one on campus.

Gary Krahn, head of La Jolla Country Day School, wrote in an email to school staff that the student “will not wear it again,” KUSI-TV reported.

An email sent to school staff primarily described a letter to parents about the coronavirus and the post-Thanksgiving schedule. The letter did not include a mention of the MAGA hat. But in the email introduction, Krahn described the MAGA hat incident to staff:

We also had a student wear a MAGA Hat today. I have talked with that student who now understands why that hat is offensive to our community. He will not wear it again. In addition his mom said that she is embarrassed by his actions. She will fulfill her role as a parent. We will continue to grow as a community that sees and values the dignity of all people.

Krahn also appeared in a video to the “school community” that described the incident. In the clip, Krahn said “the First Amendment is very important to me. I was willing to give my life for it as I served in the Army. It is one of the most precious things that we have in this nation.” He then explained why he spoke to the student about the MAGA hat.

Krahn added that the student “has every right to wear” the MAGA hat, and that Krahn “had friends give their [lives] for that right.”

“When I approached the student, I shared with him that he had that right to wear the hat,” Krahn added. “I also shared with him the impact it has on our community. That hat has a symbol of racism and hatred. … It’s a fact that in our community, there’s a belief that that’s what that hat represents. And because we’re a community of dignity — that all people have value, and that all people are vulnerable — I wanted the student to know that his decision was gonna have an impact on people. He graciously took off his hat.”

Krahn also said in the clip that “it was not a political decision to reach out to him and talk about that hat; it was a decision about dignity — the inherent value that all humans have.”

“We’re gonna continue to honor the First Amendment,” he also said. “We’re gonna continue to be a community of dignity and to realize that if our actions impact others, we have a responsibility to work on that, to improve, to grow. Our students are gonna become leaders in the community. [I] can’t think of anything more precious than to have them go out there with not only the knowledge but with the belief that all humans have value. Create the community that we dream about. That’s what La Jolla Country Day is all about.”

Citing the school’s 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook, KUSI said the school’s dress code does not outlaw political attire.

Tucker Carlson weighs in

KUSI said La Jolla Country Day School “is one of the most prestigious private schools in San Diego County” with yearly tuition ranging from $28,500 for kindergartners to $37,130 for high schoolers.

In a segment about the incident on his show Wednesday night, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson — who attended La Jolla Country Day — said “it was less expensive and more tolerant when I was a little kid there … sad to hear it.”

21 thoughts on “Student Wears MAGA Hat to School, Principal Says It Is “Symbol of Racism” and “He Will Not Wear It Again””
  1. We see high school students today free to dress in all levels and varieties of clothing. Their favorite rock star, their favorite saying, etc. on a shirt. Shorts, T-shirts; adult level sexy and worse… Few, very few schools have a dress code! And those dress codes are quite liberal.
    For any fair (not prejudice) intelligent human being to attack the Presidential slogan in a nation where ANTIFA and BLM promote Marxist SOCIALIST platforms (see their web-sites) is either very unaware or against our Constitution and Republic!

    1. People who are not true American, wants to destroy and take over the Socialist way and not the Real American way..I was born 1949 and this dirty crap is getting out of hand..

  2. If that was my son, both he and myself would be wearing that cap, there is a first amendment right so don’t try to destroy it, just because some yeayho says he was in the army doesn’t mean much, how long and what kind of discharge does he have? As a 20 plus year USAF retiree I would tell this big shot where he could go!

  3. The only racist is Gary Krahn let him explain how Make American Great Again is Racist . BLM is more racist cause points to only one skin color

  4. This teacher had no right to bully this student into not wearing this hat. Everything to these people that they don’t like is RACIST!!! I am sure glad I don’t live in CA. I am tired of being called RACIST because I am white, & this word constantly being used. I guess I am racists!!!

  5. The teacher is wrong. The hat promotes freedom to wear what you want and does not have anything to do with racism. Antifa and BLM are racist. Our President is not A Racist
    He is doing a great job for America and the
    Congress is Racist ie Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and others in the Democratic Party
    They Hate America and the American people
    They are the Racist. Get Real we know what
    These idiots Are

  6. I don’t believe that headmaster. If he is oppose the words are America Great Again” then he is NOT a patriot and doe NOT believe in the constitution. He should be removed.

  7. This is the trend. A principal actually stated that the MAGA hat was a symbol of racism and hatred as he stood at the school he is Principal of. The school that costs more yearly for 1 student to attend than most poor people make in a year.?
    Well that’s racist and a symbol of hatred itself. This idiot doesn’t even listen to himself speak.
    There are poor kids ,lower class , middle class kids that look at that school as a place their not allowed or can’t go to. What does that say? It’s a school !!!!!!!!! But because I’m not rich , I can’t go there!
    It seems to me that California has become a place that is responsible for growing these idiot humans. There sure are a lot of idiots there.

  8. I would tell that guy, and that’s saying it politely, thanks but no thanks. No I’ll keep my hat and wear it. He doesn’t understand the meaning of Free Speech.

  9. Since when is a Make America Great Again hat a symbol of racism? There is no word or phrase on that hat that says anything about racism; only a plea to make our country great all over again. Our President is NOT a racist and because this hat carries his wishes doesn’t make the hat racist. President Trump has done more for ethnic and non-Caucasian Americans that any recent president. Do you think that’s racist? Maybe President Trump doesn’t meet your ideas of what a president should look like, say things, or send Tweets. However, I don’t think that anyone has any reason to call him a racist or have any indications that his actions and policies have done anything but good things for this country.

  10. The head of the school actually said gonna 3 times ( not going to) ? what exactly are they teaching ?

    BLM is a symbol of racism and Marxism

    MAGA actually is a symbol of constitution loving freedom, and disdain of the Marxist deep state, and its inherent corruption.

    Krahn has a serious case of TDS.

  11. That school master is exercising selective 1st amendment freedoms. That’s using his authority to censor people and a”vulnerable” at that. “Making America Great Again” is offensive! Hmm! Sounds like he’s not in touch with freedoms he promotes because he listens to a selective group who find such a statement offensive. The hat and Trump are not racist. I wonder what his reaction would have been if the child wore a hat that read “Jesus Christ is My Lord and Savior” I guess that would be so offensive he would have expelled the kid! This school master is only selectively tolerant and would insult the dignity of over half the US population. So much for dignity! BTW the kids parents are also hypocrites and cowards.

  12. I would have my son /daughter wear a hat that says ” Krahn – KMA ” . I would be more than happy to provide these hats to each and evert student should they request . Any further banning would result in a MEGA suit !

  13. Typical Californian teacher at an elitist school playing the bully role ! If my son or daughter were the student that was were forbidden to wear the MAGA hat , he and the school could be in a major MEGA suit !

  14. Krahn should be banned from having any contact with students. He clearly does not have education credentials.

  15. I think that all parents who disagree with this liberal half wit should get all their children a magazine hat and let them ware them to school to show that it is absolutely not hatred mor racist. We as Americans are fighting a battle we must win to save our nation from these socialist, communist outsiders.

  16. I guess you are! And I’m glad you don’t live in California too. But you’re right, this principal should not have bullied any student.

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