Coldwater High School FFA students say they were not allowed to drive their Tractors to school with Pro-Trump flags on the Tractors. According To coldwater FFA, students if they drove their tractors with Trump flags they would be suspended and be banned from all FFA activities for the future. However, The school district stressed that no students were threatened with suspension and it was not directed specifically at President Trump. the “incident was honestly really ignorant of the teachers. They basically didn’t let us show our freedom of speech on school grounds and they were against us flying flags to support our president. This was supposed to be to honor him and the good he does for agriculture but our superintendent and principal ordered us not to show anything political” An FFA student would say.
Text Message from the school stating that they didn’t want the students to show any “political flags, etc.“
After Coldwater FFA high school students were told they were not allowed to have any “Political Flags” on school property. The FFA students drove their tractors elsewhere to have a mini-parade to honor their, President. “These kids are just supporting their country and their president,” Craig Lefeld said in his Facebook Live video. “Kids just standing up for what they believe.” Facebook live video shows the students driving through town in John Deere tractors with Trump flags waving in the breeze. Craig Lefeld said the students intended to follow the school district’s edict once they got on school property. “These kids will be respectful, supportive and follow the unfair rules they were given,” he said.
Statement From the Coldwater School District on the Situation
Some misinformation is circulating regarding an FFA activity that occurred this morning. Once a year the FFA has an activity during which students drive tractors in a parade on school grounds. Tractors are not otherwise allowed to be driven to school, and the activity is only open to members of the school’s FFA. This is an FFA activity. Before this morning’s FFA activity, students made their advisor know of their intention to decorate their tractors with political messages. They were informed that while they are free to do so outside of this school activity (including as they drove down public roads to campus), once their tractors were on school grounds as part of the FFA event they were to remove these political decorations. Students were advised to wear official FFA dress and that the purpose of this activity was to promote the FFA, farmers, and agriculture. No students were told they would be suspended or that any activities would be cancelled in relation to this. As with all voluntary student activities – whether it is a sport, an arts event, or some other club – the district does not allow political speech in favor of or against any candidate, party, or issue. Our voluntary student activities are open to all students and are meant to serve as uniting events for the school community.