Fake News: 6-year-old Basil Karlo NOT Sent Home Or Expelled From School For Dressing As President Trump On Superhero Day

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: 6-year-old Basil Karlo NOT Sent Home Or Expelled From School For Dressing As President Trump On Superhero Day

Was 6-year old Basil Karlo sent home and later expelled from school for dressing up like President Trump on Superhero Day at Rodman Piper Elementary School in Fresno? No, that's not true: those events only appeared in a meme pushed by a left-wing Facebook page that was set up to trick Republicans and conservatives into sharing it so they could be mocked by the page's fans and supporters.

The meme originated from a post published on June 25, 2018 by a Facebook page titled "America's Last Line Of Defense" (archived here) which had the caption:


The text on the meme read:

For "Superhero Day" at Fresno's Rodman Piper Elementary School, 6-year old Basil Karlo dressed as President Trump. He was sent home immediately, and later expelled.

As you would expect there is no "Rodman Piper Elementary School" in Fresno or anywhere else, and the image has been around since at least 2016 and shows a kid in a Trump Halloween costume:

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The Facebook page that spread the meme describes itself as:

Nothing on this page is real. It is a collection of the satirical whimsies of liberal trolls masquerading as conservatives. You have been warned.

Use the force and the truth shall reveal itself. Just not here. Ever.

Good Old Fashioned Liberal Troll Provided Fantasy presented as comedy to the left and a social experiment to the right. Please don't hurt the Trumpanzees. they'll be gone in a few years back to the shadows from whence they came and we'll be back to trolling Tea Turds.

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

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