YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) –
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.
Just before noon Thursday, officials at York Comprehensive High School said Peyton Robinson could keep the flag on his vehicle as long as no safety hazard exists.
“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.”
What the heck is wrong with school administrators (and HOAs for that matter)?
This always ends badly for them. Here’s a hint. The vast majority of the American public, even if they don’t fly the flag themselves, strongly support others doing so. And they really don’t like high-handed petty bureaucrats arbitrarily exercising power over people for no good cause.
So now the school has to make some mealy mouthed statement about safety and whatnot, when clearly that wasn’t the motivation that lead some flunky to overstep his bounds.
Principals, how about taking a moment to tell your employees that it is always a good idea to think twice before even thinking the first time about taking down the American flag.
And when something like this does happen, don’t issue the bland statement that York did. Just say one employee screwed up, and that you won’t let it happen again.