Cheerleaders at Arkansas high school under fire for ‘Make America Great Again’ banner

Cheerleaders at Arkansas high school under fire for ‘Make America Great Again’ banner

A public school in Arkansas is under fire after cheerleaders held a sign that read, “Make America Great Again, Trump the Leopards” during a football game against a school with a high percentage of black students. (Photo: Twitter)

According to State Sen. Joyce Elliott, who tweeted an image of the poster on Saturday, the sign was “totally inappropriate” for a public school.

“We are all entitled to our politics of choice but not to using public entities to advance our politics,” the senator wrote.

Hours later, State Rep. Aaron Pilkington responded to Elliott’s tweet, telling her to “chill out.”

“It’s a play on words,” Pilkington wrote. “God forbid kids use political slogans to make a joke about beating a team in football.”

racist-coded language by some critics.” data-reactid=”32″>While Pilkington regards the banner as a joke, others in the Malvern community believe the message to be racially-motivated, as Trump’s campaign slogan is considered racist-coded language by some critics.

KFSM: “The Lake Hamilton School District believes that all school activities should be conducted in an environment where good sportsmanship and respect are shown. The banner displayed at the football game this past Friday was not intended to make a political statement or endorsement. The district has taken steps to ensure that all future banners do not mention or reference political or controversial issues.”’ data-reactid=”36″>While Lake Hamilton School District did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment, the following statement was provided to KFSM: “The Lake Hamilton School District believes that all school activities should be conducted in an environment where good sportsmanship and respect are shown. The banner displayed at the football game this past Friday was not intended to make a political statement or endorsement. The district has taken steps to ensure that all future banners do not mention or reference political or controversial issues.”

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