Students show up to school sporting American flags on trucks after administration orders to remove them

Schools tend to have long lists of rules. They couldn’t really survive without them, as part of the point of a school is to instill respect and discipline in students, but sometimes, the rules go a little too far.

We’ve seen plenty of examples in recent years of students and parents taking issue with some school rules that they feel are outdated, unnecessary, or just plain wrong, and here’s another surprising example of that.

For some reason, the Franklin County High School in Virginia decided to crack down on students who wanted to fly the American flag from their vehicles.

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The Stars and Stripes represent so much to so many Americans. They’re a source of pride and patriotism, a symbol of freedom, justice, and other values Americans hold so dear. We see countless American flags hanging outside stores, homes, and other buildings all across the country, so why were a few kids banned from flying the flag?

Well, an administrator from the school allegedly argued that the flag was “offensive” and “disruptive”, so needed to be removed.

Three students were told they could no longer fly the flag, and they were all pretty shocked by the news. Their parents were stunned as well, and other students decided to rally together to show some support.

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The very next day after the ban was announced, a group of students from the school all decided to attach American flags to their trucks and cars and drive through the town together, sounding their horns and heading straight for the school parking lot to show solidarity with their classmates and pride in their country.

It was quite a sight for local residents as so many trucks, all decorated with the Stars and Stripes, came driving down the street all in a line.

And luckily, the peaceful patriotic protest had a positive effect in the end!

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One of the boy’s moms later reported that the school principal had given her a call to explain what had happened.

The principal said that the whole thing was a ‘misunderstanding’ that had gone too far.

Here’s what the mother said:

He has apologized to the boys and told them that it is not against the rules to fly their flag on their truck. Apparently, it was a big misunderstanding that should have never gotten this far.

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It’s good to see that this story ended in the best possible way after such a weird start. We could understand a school wanting to ban offensive signs or flags that could be classed as discriminatory or harmful, but banning the American flag seems a little extreme!

Luckily, it all ended well, and this is a great example of what can happen when people stand up for each other and fight for what they believe in, without resorting to violence or anger.

Check out the video below, recorded by a mom outside the high school, showing the convoy of trucks rolling down the road with their flags waving proudly in the breeze.

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