School Official Tells Student He Can’t Fly U.S. Flag on His Truck — That Decision May Have Backfired

Peyton Robinson’s truck. (Image source: WBTV-TV)

It seems South Carolina folks take their Patriotism serious, including 18 year-old York Comprehensive High School senior Peyton Robinson, who told all his friends and family that the school’s administrator told him on Wednesday that he couldn’t fly his flags anymore.

“He said, ‘We’re having some issues. Some people were complaining about the flags in your truck,’” Robinson told WBTV-TV. He went on to say that the administrator told him that the flags could “possibly” be offensive, then ordered him to take them down before returning to school.  Apparently Robinson didn’t need to remove them, because at some point during the day on Wednesday, a school official removed the bolts securing both the American flag and the MIA/POW flag and laid them both in the bed of his truck, “when I wasn’t even there.”

Image source: WSOC-TV

Image source: WSOC-TV

Officials announced before the end of the school day, that flags such as Robinson’s were safety concerns and could not be flown any longer. Superintendent Vernon Prosser told WSOC-TV that the fear is that they could block the view of other drivers and cause a wreck.

Robinson, who has relatives that have served, was pretty upset. ”I was pretty mad,” he told WBTV. “I don’t see how it’s a problem. Nobody has ever complained about it before.”

“I’d understand if it was the Confederate flag or something that might offend somebody,” he added. “I wouldn’t do that. But an American flag — that’s our country’s flag. I have every right to do it. I don’t see a safety issue. I mean, I understand it’s a big flag — it’s 4 by 6 — but nobody has ever complained about it being in their way or anything.”

Thanks to good ol’ social media, Robinson hit up his Facebook page on Wednesday and let everyone know what was happening at his school, and fellow students took up the torch of injustice, driving back to the school that night with flags flying proudly from their vehicles.

“I’ll keep fighting,” Robinson told WSOC Wednesday night. “I’m not letting it go; I won’t go down without a fight.”

It seems many of his classmates agreed because Thursday morning in a show of support for Robinson, more than 70 vehicles pulled into the parking with flags flying proudly.

Principal Christopher Black told WSOC on that he would be asking all the students to remove their flags, but it seems that just a few short hours after that amazing display of patriotism, there was a change of heart.

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“Do [sic] to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy,” the school said in a statement. “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.”

The state Highway Patrol told WSOC the York students’ flags are legal.

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Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.

Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.

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Patrick James
Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams

7 Comments on "School Official Tells Student He Can’t Fly U.S. Flag on His Truck — That Decision May Have Backfired"

  1. Roderick T. Lalley | May 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm |

    Please keep up the fight against the PUSSIFICATION of AMERICA !!! Are AMERICANS ARROGANT !!! ABSOLUTELY !!! We didn’t get to be on TOP being polite !!! We are a kind people, but don’t mess with the U.S.A. !!!!

  2. This young man and ALL of AMERICA. Have the right to fly the American Flag. USE GODS NAME IN PRAYER, IN SCHOOLS, I THINK ANYWHERE WE WANT. WE ARE AMERICA. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT, DON’T AGREE WITH IT. WANT TO FIGHT AGAINST IT/. GO HOME WHERE EVER FROM WHERE YOU CAME. It is the ILLEGALS That want all this taken away. A few years ago. A BAND MEMBER,IN Douglasville, Ga. WANTED FOUGHT FOR AND GOT GODS NAME TAKEN OUT OF ALL SCHOOLS. BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGION. THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT HAVE THE SAY SO. ALL IT TOOK WAS ONE PROTESTER. WHOEVER MAKES THESE DECISIONS NEED TO ASK THE TRUE AMERICANS, HOW THEY FEEL. AGREE?

  3. Jim Longley | May 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm |

    So is the school official who tampered with his truck under arrest, or at least being disciplined?

  4. Too many leftards and demoncrats running our schools. They want to make of this country the same as the ruined up countries where they came from. Time to be proud to be American and show it.

  5. Town Hall meetings are now in order for this kind of cr&#p

  6. THAT RIGHT FLY THEM FLAGS WITH PRIDE AND SHOW PEOPLE HOW THEIR SUPPOSED TO BE A PROUD AMERICAN…THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS YA`LL PUT SOME ANTI-ASSHOLES IN THEIR PLACE..THANK YOU..

  7. I think you were right for standing up for yourself and the American Flag. I don’t believe he had a right of taking it upon himself to take the flag down from your truck, seems that was your property.

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