Edit: I’ve just learned that the ban has been lifted.
SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. â€“ 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.
Gayle Langston said her daughter, Jessica, was told to remove her stars and stripes t-shirt.
â€œToday she wanted to wear her shirt, and I had to tell her no,â€ said Langston. â€œShe didn’t like it at all because I knew it would get her in trouble. Of all days, 9/11, she could not wear her American Flag shirt.â€
The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didnâ€™t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.
Am I alone in thinking that this is the most preposterous thing ever proposed by an officiating academic body of any kind or manner?
I don’t know what’s scarier … that it happened in my lifetime, or that it happened in a SOUTHERN STATE! Granted North Carolina is on the coast and they have been leaning more to the left as their northernly neighbors, but for the most part, the Southern states have retained similar values when it came to education … or so I thought. (or allowed myself to continued to believe)
That’s my wake-up call for today.
And a depressing one at that. How the hell do you ban our own country’s flag? The symbol which to many (including yours truly) is the emblem of hope and love for this country. To ban our flag is to show disdain for something which we love, something which we would gladly fight to protect: our loved ones, our rights, our homes, our lives.
You take that away — them’s fightin’ words. Get what I’m sayin’?
Devil’s advocate: this is my interpretation of that article. The administrators of that school may have been doing, in their minds, what they thought was best. However, IMO I think a better course could have been chosen.