A South Carolina school has reversed its policy regarding American flags on students’ vehicles after dozens of parents and students protested.
School administrators at York Comprehensive High School told 18-year-old Peyton Robinson to remove a flag from his pickup truck because of safety concerns. The move sparked protests Thursday, which led the school to backpedal on its policy.
James Crump, a parent of a York Comprehensive High School student, partook in the protest. He said he was very angry when he first heard that a student had been asked to remove Old Glory from his truck.
“We as Americans have lost so much already,” Crump said. “We didn’t stand up for prayer, we lost prayer in school. We didn’t stand up for the 10 Commandments, we lost that in the courthouse. But when you start talking about the flag that so many [have] died for and these students wanting to honor the flag, of course us as parents [are] going to stand behind them.”
Crump said he was “blown away” by the community’s response. He said the protest was packed with flag supporters.
The school said in a statement that the “outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful protest” has made it clear that the community is unhappy with the flag policy. As a result, the school said it would make an exception.
York School District One posted on Facebook:
Over the last 24 hours, an issue has been brought to light regarding our policy of flags not being allowed on our students’ vehicles in the student parking lot.
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.
As administrators of York Comprehensive High School, we are extremely passionate Americans and have deep seeded feelings of patriotism. We promote the good citizenship in our classrooms, fly the American flag in our rooms, in front of the building, and on our athletic fields. We have a student lead the pledge of allegiance every morning.
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. 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.