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Controversy at Newton Falls school after students show support for Trump

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Newton Falls Superintendent Paul Woodard called 21 News responding to questions over whether students were removed from the classroom or suspended because they posted stickers showing support for President-Elect Donald Trump. 

Several parents told us the students should not be bullied at school or taught hate. 

Parents are asking what has happened to teaching methods at school, and allege a teacher told students they cannot talk about Donald Trump.

Parents say kids should also be able to express their opinions about history and the president. 

There are numerous posts on Facebook regarding allegations that at least two students were taken out of an 8th grade class on Friday.

"No one was suspended, or taken out of class. After the election, the students involved had taken some Trump stickers from their notebooks and placed them on school doors and property. They were asked to take them down," said Newton Falls Superintendent Paul Woodard. "Students are allowed to have stickers on their notebooks, or even wear t-shirts supporting President Trump.  Some in our district voted for Trump, others voted for Hillary Clinton. Our country is a democracy, and no one at the school district has interfered with the students First Amendment right to free speech." 

We wanted to ask the superintendent questions about the teacher in question, but Woodard says he will be available for an interview at a later date.  

Newton Falls parents Bonnie Pence and Pam Boyer say they will be sending their sons to school with Trump t-shirts next week.

Other parents have posted that they will do the same.

In Trumbull County, Donald Trump and Mike Pence won 51 percent of the vote.

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