Final Days: Student Palin Supporter Called Racist

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You know this presidential election is }this{ close to over because both sides are getting crazier by the day. And in swing states like Florida, where this latest incident occurred, "crazy" is even affecting the kids. Ashleigh Jones, a 12-year-old 7th grader at New Smyrna Beach Middle School in Volusia County, was called a racist by her peers because she had on a "Go, Sarah, Go!" t-shirt in support of Sarah Palin.

"Some of the students were calling me racist because I was Caucasian," she said according to a FOX 35 news report. "I wanted the Caucasian man to win. And I told them that’s not true. It’s my freedom of speech, it’s my opinion."

I'd written an earlier post about the sketchiness, in my opinion, of kids wearing partisan attire to school--but my thinking was more along the lines of it being uncool because it merely represents children espousing their parent's opinions. In this case, Ashleigh, a volunteer at the Republican headquarters in her town, is seemingly representing her own mind. Well, if that's the case, Go, Ashleigh, Go! This election cycle is weighing heavily on the hearts of young people. The issues of race, class and gender are unprecendented. I think the only way through the last days of  this election--and incidents like what Ashleigh faced--is with sane parents. Agree? Are your kids in favor of a particular candidate? Would you let them wear anything directly in support of McCain or Obama?

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