School officials at York High School told Peyton Robinson that he could not fly the American flag on his truck.
Robinson posted this comment on his Instagram account:
“I’ve been told by 2 administrators at my school this morning that I can’t have an American Flag on my truck because other people have complained about it. Well let me tell you something, I have every right to fly an American flag. It will not be coming off of my truck. This really pisses me off. I ask that everyone that sees this post that attends York Comprehinsive flys an American flag of some sort on whatever they may drive to school tomorrow to prove a point. I will not let this go down without a fight. “#America #fightforourright
Many students felt the same, prompting a community-wide show of support. “Any student that has pride in their country should stand up for something like this,” Robinson said.
One student said that “It’s America you should be able to fly your flag anywhere. I was pretty upset about it,” student Cheyenne Lane said.
Robinson showed his patriotism by flying the American and POW flags from his truck.
“Just proud to be an American citizen,” the 18-year-old told WBTV. Robinson said a York Comprehensive High School administrator told him remove the American flag and the POW-MIA flag, which he has in the back of his truck.
“He said, ‘We’re having some issues. Some people were complaining about the flags in your truck, possibly offend them.’ He asked me to take it down,” Robinson said.
The high school senior, who has several family members who served in the armed forces, is upset because he doesn’t see the problem.
“I’d understand if it was a 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.”
WCNC reported that on Thursday morning students, parents and community members met to fly their flags around town. York resident Russell Shively says, “You got somebody that’s showing their patriotism and flying an American flag on the back of their truck and you want them to take it down? That’s not America.”
Principal Christopher Black says their policy to not have flags on campus was never an issue of patriotism, rather, safety. “Some of them are driving for their first time ever and anytime you get a flag of any kind flying it creates a visual distraction,” Black said.
But that reason wasn’t good enough for many of the people in York.
The district posted a message on their Facebook page saying,
The community supported Robinson by flying American flags from their cars
“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 has since adjusted the policy making an exception for the American flag as long as the size of the flag doesn’t create a driving hazard.
H/T to WCNC News
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