Student's Family Demands School Apology After He Was Asked to Remove Trump Flag From Wall During Remote Class

A New Jersey high school student's family is demanding an apology after he claimed that his teachers asked him to take down a Donald Trump flag from his wall during virtual classes.

Anthony Ribeiro, a 17-year-old pupil at Toms River High School North, told several media outlets last week that two different teachers asked him to remove the flag, leaving him feeling "negated."

The school district told Newsweek that they are handling the matter internally after Ribeiro's family reportedly asked for an apology.

The junior said he had just logged onto his online chemistry class last week when his teacher told him to remove his Trump 2020 flag from his wall. Instead of adhering to the demand, the 17-year-old said that he signed off from the class.

However, Ribeiro said that when another teacher asked him the same thing in a different class the next day, he took the flag down. He said that he was worried it might affect his grades.

"If I had to do it again, I probably wouldn't have because it's what I stand for," he told WYTV.

He added: "I really just want it to not happen again because it is horrible. For somebody to be suppressed and to feel negated because she or he doesn't follow the same ideas that another person does."

His family has demanded an apology, with Ribeiro's mother Tara Jost saying the school district agreed that the teachers' requests were wrong, according to the broadcaster.

Jost said: "To me, it's not about politics. It's about something in our home that we had, and my son was taken away from his studies for it. It's very upsetting to me and very frustrating that this teacher would do that."

In a statement, a school district spokesman said: "Regarding the recent incident at High School North, the district is handling the matter internally.

"The student was not in violation of any general code of conduct or any policy specifically related to virtual learning.

"We have worked with and are continuing to work with all involved parties to resolve the issue and move forward."