Political correctness strikes high school in Sampson County, NC (UPDATE: FLAG BAN LIFTED)

Posted by: ST on September 12, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Hobbton High School students are not allowed to wear anything which displays our flag:

SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. – On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag.

Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States.

The new rule stems from a controversy over students wearing shirts bearing flags of other countries.

The USA Today’s “On Deadline” blog has more on what the catalyst was for behind ridiculous rule in the first place:

WECT-TV says the ban was imposed last year after two students, each wearing the flag of a different country, got into a fight. School officials responded by banning T-shirts and other garments that display such national symbols.

So because a couple of knuckleheads squared off over the countries represented on their Tshirts, everyone else has to be punished?

This is stu.pid. Not to sound cliche, but this is America, for crying out loud, and if someone wants to wear a US flag pin, or wear a shirt with the American flag on it in school, they damn well ought to be allowed express their right to.

Hat tip: Numerous ST readers

Update: The flag ban has been lifted. Stop the ACLU has the details.

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    1. Big Bang Hunter says:

      – I’m not sure, but I think its also against the law. Last time I checked its a federal law that the American flag is to be prominently displayed on the grounds of all Federal installations, national parks, military bases, and public schools. There are also specific rules on the raising, lowering, and maintainance, as well as disposal for age or damamge. Apparently the school officials missed some key classes in civics, and should be required to take a refresher course. Wearing apparel is a different matter, wherein schools do have the right to manage dress codes for group control purposes, which I can understand. Personally I think every class room should also be required to display the flag, if for no other reason than a reminder to the Leftist morons of which country they live in.

      – BBH – **==

    2. Great White Rat says:

      Spot on, BBH. Couldn’t have said it better. =d>

      I’m not sure, but I recall some time ago, a far-left city – I think it was Berkeley, CA – banned displaying the US Flag on municipal vehicles such as fire engines because it was considered “provocative”.

      As for me, the flag flies 24/7 in front of the Rat’s Nest in NJ, complete with the required nighttime illumination. And I’ll be more than happy to forcibly escort anyone who has a problem with that off my property. **==

    3. NC Cop says:

      I fly my flag everyday as well. I cannot believe in this day and time that this idiot would ban something that symbolizes the American flag.

      I used to work in a public school and I understand that order is more important than fashion, but this really goes too far.

    4. Big Bang Hunter says:

      – Re the update, where the embarrassed school officials have tossed the hot potato up to the district board, what I want to know is when we will get fed up enough with the American Communist League Underground, and start counter sueing them for interfering with All Americans civil rights, sedition, and un-American activities.

      – The first thing we could do is make schools immune to ACLU threats by simply extending the Fedral right to sue laws to include all public schools.

      – The Marxist organizations from the far Left make no secret that they target schools in the overall plan to destroy the entire American value system because they want to build on natural youthful rebellion, and begin the anti-american indoctrination as early in child development as they can. So the entire school system is absolutely vital to their agenda. Take that away from them all the way through colleges, and they’re reduced to the lap dog press and NYT ads.

      – BBH – **==

    5. Drewsmom says:

      Whoa, hold it a minute.
      I’m a sub teacher in Ala. and our kids wear flag apparrel everyday. We start each day with a 2 minute moment of silence, stand, and say the pledge, and I mean they say it, they are in high school and most of the kids do say it, makes me feel good. The flag shirts are displayed on a daily basis here, and the overflow of Mexican kids where stuff with their stuff on em and there has NEVER been a fight over that. There a so many coaches roaming the hall and lunchroom that if a fight started they’d only get one punch in and our fights are always over a boy or girfriend.
      If the aclu was a stand up organization, they step into NC and tell this school thay can’t keep these kids from using THEIR FREEDMOM OF SPEECH. They defend everyone else from rappers to pornographers on this lame issue so why not a noble cause like our FLAG.
      My head is exploding over all the crap thats going down in my beloved America.:((