UPDATE: Boone County teacher pictured wearing anti-Trump patch in class resigns

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Published: Apr. 17, 2017 at 6:25 PM EDT
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UPDATE 5/2/17 @ 9:35 p.m.

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teacher who received considerable attention for wearing a jacket with an anti-Trump patch has resigned, Boone County Superintendent Jeff Huffman confirmed Tuesday.

Cheryl Judy taught at Sherman Junior High and High School.

She did not provide a reason for her resignation, Huffman said.

Last month, we reported about a snapshot of Judy sporting a jean jacket with a play on words, disrespecting President Trump. Judy told reporters that she wore the patch temporarily that day, mainly to see if it was on straight. She said a student took a photo, and the photo was viewed many times on social media.


ORIGINAL STORY 4/17/17

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Boone County Schools is investigating after a picture of a teacher is circulating on social media and getting major attention. The picture shows a teacher inside her classroom wearing a jacket with an anti-Trump patch on the back of it.

The snapshot was of Sherman Junior High and High School teacher Cheryl Judy. Superintendent Jeff Huffman confirmed to WSAZ that she is a teacher and teaches art for the adjacent schools.

The picture shows Judy sporting a jean jacket with a play on words, disrespecting President Trump.

Judy confirmed to WSAZ's Jatara McGee that she is the one in the photo, but says it does not show the whole story. She says she wore the jacket to school without the anti-Trump patch and pinned it on during school hours, trying it on for just two minutes to make sure the patch was on straight. She says in the short period of time she had the jacket on inside the classroom, a like-minded student snapped a picture and posted it to social media.

A community member re-posted the picture, and it has since been shared several thousand times on multiple platforms.

Judy says she did not "flaunt the jacket at school" and although she is liberal, would "never force her liberalism on others."

Although Huffman cannot comment specifically on personnel matters, he tells WSAZ a full investigation will begin once spring break is over, at the end of the week. He tells WSAZ, "We expect professionalism with both conduct and appearance ... It seems to have caused great a bit, a great amount of concern from around the area and around the nation, as we've received multiple phone calls today."

Community reactions were mixed, on Facebook and in the neighborhood nearby the school, some expressing concern, others outrage and some saying the picture is being taken out of context and being made into a bigger deal than it is.

"Nobody thought it would blow up like that," said Braxton Harless, who is a junior at the high school. "Some are upset. Some just really don't care about it."

Some parents are calling for Judy's resignation, while others like Lori Selbe say she may not have made the right decision is putting on the jacket but says everyone makes mistakes.

"It's maybe something that isn't 100 percent appropriate, but at the same token, I don't think she should lose her job over it," Selbe told WSAZ.