Students protest School “safety” Policy that tried to ban the American Flag

By Faye Higbee

School District tries to ban the American flag – A firestorm erupted at a York County, South Carolina High School after school officials told High School Senior Peyton Robinson he had to remove the American Flag and POW-MIA flags that were flying from the bed of his pickup.

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Peyton Robinson’s flags – local Fox photo

Go home and don’t come back with the flags

Initially, the school told him that there were “some issues” and that someone complained that they were “offended.” Then the school said it was a “safety” issue. They told Peyton that he wasn’t allowed back on school grounds with the flags. A school official actually went out to his truck and took down the flags and laid them down in the bed of the pickup.

Which made the 18 year old furious. He has several family members who serve in the military.

“I will ask to see where it’s written you can’t fly the American flag. I want them to know we have every right to fly the American flag on on our truck.”

Peyton immediately took to social media to tell people what happened. People vowed to protest the school’s action.


Local Fox photo

Backing down

Thursday morning,  parents,  students, and veterans showed up across from the school, waving American flags in protest to the school’s stand on the issue.

Just before noon on Thursday, the school said they decided to allow students to put flags on their vehicles after all as long as it wasn’t a “driving hazard.” As ambiguous as that statement is, it appears for now they have backed off.

The School District stated,

“Due to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy. School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard…

We appreciate the passion and pride of all who have called or come by YCHS over the past 24 hours. America was founded by Patriots who led positive change in a myriad of ways. We believe today is a great example of peaceful demonstration leading to positive change. This is the very process we advocate in our Social Studies classrooms and the fabric of American citizenship. Thank you for helping us as we educate the students of our community.” York County School District website

The real education

It appears that this school district is the one that got educated in this instance- about the First Amendment, and the love of country. The flip flop they did at the beginning speaks volumes of the real motive for this action.

America- stand up for your country- your flag, your rights, and make the enemies of our nation back down. Remember- the squeaky wheel gets the grease! Stop letting foreigners and fools make the decisions for you!