A South Carolina school told a senior that he needed to remove a flag from his pick-up truck, as reported by WBTV. The school statement lead to a backlash of protests from students, parents and veterans alike, donning flags on their vehicles and standing outside the school property 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.
The next morning, the leadership at York Comprehensive High School said Peyton Robinson and other students would be allowed to keep the U.S. flag on their vehicles, so long as no driving hazard exists.
“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.
The school also responded to the protest by posting statements on their school website, “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,” 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.”
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