A Central Tennessee school district has banned the display of any kind of flag, including the American flag, on the back of pickup trucks on school property.
Officials in Dickson County decided to take this action after the recent controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, WHBQ reported. South Carolina removed the flag from its statehouse grounds last month after 50 years. This move followed the death of nine people allegedly killed by a man who was pictured holding the Confederate flag.
“While this was not necessarily an attack on the American flag, there were some other issues we’re trying to address,” Dickson County director of student services Steve Sorrells said. “It’s not an unpatriotic act, by any means, because we have a number of ways in which students do learn how to be patriotic and express American pride.”
High school senior Arianna Heisler disagreed.
“I just think that’s a right,” Heisler said. “It’s freedom of expression and I don’t think you should be able to take that away from us.”
Any student who violates the policy will be kicked out, according to the local Fox affiliate.
Initial reports suggested all flags were banned from the school, including the American flag. The district clarified its new policy after they felt it was being misreported by the media, telling WHBQ they are only banning flags from flying on the back of pickup trucks on school property.
“Information reported by news stations that the American Flag has been banned in the Dickson County school system is entirely inaccurate,” the district said in a statement on its website.
The flag is prominently displayed at every school in our county. It is also displayed in many of our classrooms. All students in Dickson County are allowed to voluntarily participate in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance each morning. We are very proud to have JROTC in both of our high schools, and we will continue to fly and respect the flag.
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h/t: Fox News
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