My name is Tommy Kyle, a senior here on campus, and I am a proud Trump supporter. I am a strong supporter of Donald Trump, and I have worn Trump T-shirts, hats and even have two Trump posters in my dorm room along with a Trump flag on the wall.
This story is regarding one of my Trump posters. It is a small sign that says “Make America Great Again” and has been on my window for two weeks.
But, one evening last week, I was told by my Resident Assistant that this poster needed to be taken down because it was a “fire hazard”. I asked why it was a fire hazard, and I was told that “any posters, flags or signs could not be in the window,” but like a curtain attached away from the wall would be acceptable.
I am a good student, and I always follow the rules. But this is absolutely ridiculous. It is not a fire hazard, because it is on the top portion of the window and it is pressed against the glass, away from the moving bottom portion so it does not interfere in the way of the window. According to the Student Code of Conduct Section K states “Room decorations that violate fire code (hanging anything from the ceiling or windows…)” but my small poster is pressed against the window which is not a violation of the code of the conduct.
Nine times out of 10, I would have taken it down and followed the rules, but this is not the first time a Trump supporter has been told to take down a sign or flag. My friend lives in the apartment complex on campus, which is not far away from my residence hall, and he had a Trump flag in the window for the first week of the school back in August. He was told the same thing by Residence Life, and because it was “offensive” he took it down.
But, during this week, he noticed several other LGBT flags hanging in other windows in the apartment complex that violated the same rules that my friend and I were called out for. My friend proceeded to put back up the flag in the window, and Residence Life came back again to report it. But my friend told them about the LGBT flags that were hanging in the window and asked why they weren’t taken down? Residence Life couldn’t respond back and the flag still hangs in my friend’s dorm room, which is a small victory.
So why is this a big deal? I feel as if much of our community at the Mount either supports Mr. Trump while the rest of our campus including upper management is liberal and doesn’t want signs of Trump hanging to show support for the Republican candidate. I disagree 110% because it is our right to “freedom of speech” and being able to support one candidate that we think is best for the White House in November.
So this is why I write this story, to show awareness and question the bias towards Trump supporters, who have done absolutely nothing wrong, except show support for a great candidate like Mr. Trump. Please spread the word, and let’s end this bias.