CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Officials at a Florida high school threatened to punish a student if he didn’t take a Confederate flag off of his truck during school hours.
WJAX reports the school asked him to take the flag down after the Clay County School District began to ask questions.
According to the student’s mom, administrators threatened to write him a referral.
In a statement to WJAX, the district voiced their concerns on the matter:
The school district respects a student’s right to self-expression; however, our policy states that the right to self-expression may not infringe upon the rights of others and cannot interfere with the orderly educational process. Students raised concerns about the display of the Confederate flag on campus. Therefore, to prevent any potential disruption to the school environment, the school’s administration followed policy by asking that the student remove the flag from the vehicle while on school grounds.Administrators met with the students and his parents to reach a resolution that respects the rights of all students. No disciplinary action has been taken against the student.
Instead of backing down, several of the student’s friends draped flags on their trucks to show support on Tuesday, and he gave up his parking pass to continue flying the flag.
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