GLOUCESTER (CBS) – Jackson Cody of Gloucester is in many ways a typical 12-year-old; he loves sports and is also passionate about politics.
“I just feel like our country wasn’t in a great place. I just wanted to learn more about Donald Trump because it seemed like he was making our country rise again and become America again,” the 7th grader said.READ MORE: Two Arrested After Paintball Shooting Spree In Worcester
He voiced that support for the president during a recent classroom discussion of the debate.
“I raised my hand fully and a few kids were going to raise their hands but then they heard the teacher say to me, ‘Oh Mr. Jackson I thought I liked you.’ She proceeded to ask why I support a racist and a pedophile,” Jackson recalled.READ MORE: Body Found In Connecticut River As Chicopee Police Search For Missing Boy
The family contacted a First Amendment rights attorney, and asked the school for an apology.
“We tell them to stand up for yourself and don’t be afraid to speak your opinion. Their opinions are theirs, they’re not our opinions. They’re very well read children. They like to educate themselves on their own topics. Unfortunately they do disagree with us very often,” Jackson’s father, Jay Cody added.
The teacher did apologize, and the O’Maley Middle School is facilitating some training for staff. The Codys are content this has started some important conversations at home and in school.MORE NEWS: I-Team: Revere Residents Plan Protest Over New Parking Meters
“Everyone has the right to their own opinion and everyone should respect that,” Jackson said.