Peyton Robinson was told by his school administrator in South Carolina that he could not display his American flag on his truck.
Apparently there were complaints by some who were ‘triggered’ by the sight of Old Glory being proudly displayed, and a school administrator had precisely the wrong reaction.
Instead of explaining that in America, there is no right to not be offended by things you disagree with, and that displaying his flag is a fundamental right… the school official told him to take down his flag.
In fact, they did far more than just tell him to take it down. They took it upon themselves to reach into his truck and do it himself.
“I’d understand if it was the Confederate flag or something that might offend somebody,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t do that. But an American flag – that’s our country’s flag. I have every right to do it. I don’t see a safety issue. I mean I understand it’s a big flag – it’s 4 by 6 – but nobody has ever complained about it being in their way or anything.”
According to Robinson, a school administrator told him to remove the flags when he got home, and not come back to school with them.
But the 18-year-old said before the school day was over on Wednesday, a school official went to Robinson’s parked truck, removed the bolts that secured the flags to the truck, took the flags down, and “laid my flags down in the middle of my truck when I wasn’t even there.” — WBTV
Robinson was angry.
“I was pretty mad,” he said. “I don’t see how it’s a problem. Nobody has ever complained about it before.”
That didn’t go over well with a bunch of people. And they did something about it.
A high school in York County has spoken out after students protested Thursday morning when a senior said he was asked to remove an American flag from his pick-up truck.
Thursday morning, several students, parents, and veterans protested the incident, many setting up across from school grounds waving flags.
“When I hear that you can’t fly the American flag it makes my blood run red, and my blood is red,” said Vietnam Veteran Michael Douglas. — WBTV
In other news,
A school administrator told students to take down the American flags on their trucks…
So they came to school the next day like this ?? pic.twitter.com/bUVeGACqCi
— Your Republican Dad (@yourrepubdad) February 9, 2020
“We’re just glad we got this victory today, and it just proves if you stand up for your country, you stand up for what you believe in, things get changed,” said James Crump.
“We fought for it, I fought for it,” said Patriot Guard rider Mark Ludwig.
“Due to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy,” the school district posted on its website. “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,” the district continued. “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.” — WBTV