School responds after York Co. senior asked to take down America – wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina

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.”

via School responds after York Co. senior asked to take down America – wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina.

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.

9 thoughts on “School responds after York Co. senior asked to take down America – wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina”

  1. Who’s the most dangerous man? The man with just a little bit of power.

    Similarly, in the computer business, the most dangerous person is the one who knows just enough to break everything.

    1. I know, I mean what’s the point in becoming a petty bureaucrat if you can’t exercise arbitrary power. It’s like telling an office worker he can’t bring pens home from the office.

  2. Hate to run afoul of the “correct” opinions here, but … I suspect that the school’s concern was more about backing out of parking spaces and not being able to see other vehicles or students. Since, y’know, school parking lots contain lots of both.

    I’d also be pretty surprised if South Carolina doesn’t have a law on the books about obstructing a rear window / mirror, too.

    1. “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.

      According to Robinson, a school administrator told him to remove the flags when he got home, and not come back to school with them.

      I’m gonna go with Robinson’s take on this.

    2. Ah, that sheds a little more light on the matter.

      I didn’t have enough time today to read all the details, and this is what happens when I open mouth before clutching in the brain.

  3. I want to know the genesis of the person of authority who made the initial call. That may answer the question why.

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