Tennessee College Student Asked to Step Down From SGA After Voicing Support for Donald Trump

Hailey Puckett SGA UTC

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Last week, the New York Post revealed that NYU students who support GOP frontrunner Donald Trump are afraid to openly voice their endorsements in fear of being attacked by their classmates. They even talked about the possibility of grades falling because of judgmental faculty. On first instinct, the fear can be scoffed at. A ton of people hate Donald Trump, but to be that afraid seems almost ridiculous. After all, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, regardless of how ridiculous it is — you can’t be discriminated against because of your beliefs. Right? In the case of Hailey Puckett, you’re wrong.

Here’s everything you need to know about the UTC student.

Who is Hailey Puckett?

Hailey Puckett is a Freshman at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently a nursing major and was recently elected by students as a Freshman Senator for her school’s Student Government Association. The student openly supports Donald Trump and allegedly wrote the following message with chalk on a UTC sidewalk:

Hailey Puckett Donald Trump

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What happened to Hailey Puckett?

The SGA senator was recently asked to step down from her leadership role after students found her pro-Donald Trump chalk drawings.

From The Times Free Press:

A group that calls itself Empower UTC released a statement on Twitter saying that it had asked for Hailey Puckett’s resignation because “we realize that her values do not line up with the pillars we’ve established ourselves on.”

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A statement released by the UTC Student Government Association clarified that the school’s student government was not itself calling for Puckett’s resignation, rather it was the coalition of which she is a member that has asked for her to step down.

Chuck Cantrell, UTC’s associate vice chancellor of marketing and communication, said though the university’s administration is staying out of the debate, neither the student who created the original Trump chalkings nor those who later erased and replaced her chalkings with their own messages followed the school’s rules, which require a reservation. However, “nobody’s in trouble,” he said.

Below is the group’s formal message calling for Puckett’s resignation.

Hailey Puckett UTC


Reactions to Hailey Puckett’s Encouraged Resignation

Donald Trump is a moron. But I’ll gladly donate money to Hailey Puckett’s next campaign, b/c this is RIDICULOUS.https://t.co/zdl0wDVeBa

— Rob Bettis (@robbettis) April 7, 2016

These kids call Hailey Puckett ignorant, when it is they who are ignorant about @realDonaldTrump Trump hates no one! https://t.co/HvWe7qYaH5

— Bill Peterson (@BillVol) April 7, 2016

Their statement seems to oppress Hailey Puckett by forcing her out of her position and shaming her for her views. 🤔 https://t.co/pVwyebiVDf

— Stephen Boyette (@King_StephenV) April 7, 2016

.@UTCSGA Your denial of Hailey Puckett's First Amendment Rights has gone Viral

Free speech is a God Given Right. @UTC can't take it away

— Zeno (@surtsey55) April 7, 2016

I feel that I have to express my honest opinions and that I have to represent all students. pic.twitter.com/m7JxhpM3HF

— Phillip Stubblefield (@P_H_I_L_L_I_P_) April 6, 2016

Would #HaileyPuckett have been asked to resign had she voiced support for a violent foreign regime? @UTChattanooga

— Ezra Adams (@EzraAdams) April 7, 2016

Whatever your opinion is on Hailey Puckett I disagree with it and want to fight you in the parking lot

— Elisha Smith (@elishapsmith) April 6, 2016

@EMPOWER_UTC @EMPOWERPhillip @EMPOWER_Jay @mikaylasheaIong sounds like Hailey Puckett has good case for a civil lawsuit..

— LenaJean (@lenajean99) April 6, 2016

Hey @EMPOWER_UTC, you want to feel empowered? Quit being precious little snowflakes and toughen up. Hailey Puckett STAYS

— Trump8years (@MWarriorEnt) April 6, 2016

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