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Maryland Student Punished for Flying Confederate Flag

School officials in Howard County, Md. have disciplined a student who proudly flew a Maryland Confederate flagConfederate flag at a football game.

Even though school spokesperson Rebecca Amani-Dove confirmed that the Glenelg student had been punished, she would not elaborate.

“Carrying a Confederate flag is not illegal, but anything that causes disruption is actionable from an administrative perspective,” Amani-Dove said. “Administrative action was taken in alignment with our student code of conduct.”

A student flew the flag while sitting in the bleachers during a game between Glenelg and River Hill high schools on Friday.

The story of the traitorous Confederate flag being flown during the high school game went viral over the weekend.

“Public displays of the Confederate Flag evoke division, hate and subjugation — precisely the opposite of the values we hold in Howard County, and in Maryland,” Howard County Executive Ken Ulman posted on his Facebook page Monday, reported the Washington Post. “We must teach our kids why this is such a hurtful symbol to so many people. We must fight against injustice and intolerance in any form, especially at our schools.”

Howard County Schools Superintendent Renee A. Foose said in a statement that the issue “has been addressed in both of the school communities, and administrative actions have been taken in accordance with our Student Code of Conduct.”

This is not the first time that a student has gotten into trouble for flying the Confederate flag.

In March of this year New Jersey student Gregory Vied, 17, was suspended for refusing to take the Confederate flag off his truck. In that case, the American Civil Liberties Union and other student came to Vied’s defense.

“Them trying to make me take it down, is unconstitutional,” said the student at the time.

 

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  1. I think he should have been able to have the flag at the game, it’s his constitutional right to do so, and wasn’t breaking any laws, keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer…reason being as such like of the student, we now know where his lack of values and upbringing come from and who he is and what he believes which is..division, race based, white supremacy, etc., any and everything not equal..

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