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HURST (CBS11) – Some residents in Hurst are upset after claiming a pep rally at L.D. Bell High School focused on Donald Trump and not school spirit.
“I felt embarrassed,” said Elizabeth Ramirez, a former student who attended the rally.
Ramirez went to watch her brother perform at the pep rally but says she instead had a front-row seat to what felt like a Trump rally.
Shirts, hats and a Trump banner could be seen in the ground and Ramirez said students started chanting, “build the wall,” at one point.
“If teachers are not allowed to do it, like I’m going to vote for, then why are the students?” questioned Ramirez.
Angry, Ramirez vented online and posted a picture of five cheerleaders from the pep rally who are picture wearing shirts with letters that spell out T-R-U-M-P.
The post and the faces of the girls are now being shared all over social media.
“They should have thought about it before they did it,” said Ramirez.
But the mother of one of the pictured girls, who took the now heavily-circulated picture, said there is more to what happened.
“I was surprised at the backlash from it because I know the girls personally and I know they didn’t mean anything by it,” said Amy Normand, a mother.
Normand said her daughter, Reese and the other girls waited until after the rally, when the gym cleared out to put on the shirts and take the photo.
While there were other students with Trump shirts on and a banner, Normand said her photos show the kids getting along and that it was not mean-spirited like the post has now become.
“It’s painful, but again, she chose, they chose to put that on and it’s her responsibility to now respond well to it,” said Normand.
Ramirez said she is not changing anything about her post and hopes folks are more mindful of what they wear and display in the future.
“I don’t care who you’re going to vote for, like who you’re rooting for, just keep it out of school,” said Ramirez.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD released a statement saying the rally was in support of the school, not any of the candidates.
A spokesperson said when the political chanting from a small group started, administrators put an end to it and said they do not condone the behavior.
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