Wednesday, September 12, 2007

High School Bans American Flag - UPDATE: BAN LIFTED

UPDATE 09/13/07 - Posted at NBC 17 in North Carolina.

A North Carolina High School that came under national attention over their rule that prohibited students from wearing items with the American flag, or any flag from other countries, has lifted the ban.

Sounds good... I guess the lifted ban extends to all flags, and so now all flags are permitted. Originally, the ban was intended to prevent gang attire, since certain gang members were allegedly wearing foreign flags as gang symbols, and since the school didn't want to be "discriminatory", they banned all flags, including the flag of our country. However, now with the ban lifted, I suppose the gang attire will be permissible as well. How hard can this be? If gangs are wearing foreign flags as a symbol, and the school is an American, government school, ban all foreign flags and allow the students to display their patriotism by allowing the American flag as long as it is shown in a respectful manner.

Posted at NBC 17 in North Carolina.

SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. – On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag.

Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.

The new rule stems from a controversy over students wearing shirts bearing flags of other countries.

Gayle Langston said her daughter, Jessica, was told to remove her Stars and Stripes t-shirt.

“Today she wanted to wear her shirt, and I had to tell her no,” said Langston. “She didn't like it at all because I knew it would get her in trouble. Of all days, 9/11, she could not wear her American Flag shirt.”

The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didn’t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.

Educators don't want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible? Are you kidding me? Let's start with the flag in which you serve under as an employee of the government school system. Let's start with the flag which represents those who pay your salary and pay for the school system that employs you. There should be no question as to whether or not that flag is permissible. You can start there, and then proceed to place a blanket ban on any other flag that that you may be forced to pick and choose between.

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