A Bedford County, Virginia, high school sparked a student rally in support of the Confederate flag after administrators enforced a ban of the historic banner. After school administrators at Staunton River High School in Montea, Virginia, enforced its policy, telling students that the Confederate flag was banned from vehicles in the school’s parking lot, a group of students said they organized to sponsor a parade of cars festooned with the rebel flag to express their First Amendment rights. According to WDBJ, CBS Channel 7, students Chas Goodson and Zachary Barton were told to leave their flags at home but felt the school was attempting to shut down their Constitutional right to free expression. “We’re doing all of this to stand up for our First Amendment rights,” Goodson told the media. The pair of students said they outfitted their vehicles with the Confederate symbol in memory of recently-passed country music legend Merle Haggard but were confronted by school administrators over the flags. The pair also noted their ancestors served in the civil war and the flag was a nod to their ancestry. “We are very proud of our heritage and we want to be able to show it,” Barton told Channel 7. “We were given our First Amendment right for a reason and we want to be able to use it.” School administrations hastened to claim they have no intention of stomping on anyone’s First Amendment rights but feel it necessary to “limit distractions” for the students. “We have to limit any and all things that we determine are a distraction to the school day,” Bedford County Public Schools spokesman Ryan Edward said on Friday. Edwards further noted that large banners and flags had already been banned on vehicles in the school parking lot, even if they are large U.S. flags. But the students who organized the parade of autos said their response isn’t over. Students and parents also went to the campus and marched with their flags too, some representing a group called “Battle Flag Rally for Freedom.” “It’s not about hate. It’s about the heritage,” said Jason Wright, a Staunton River High student. “When schools try to take away our American flags and stuff and tell us we can’t fly them at school, that’s not right.” The students say they intend to rally again sometime next week. The “Battle Flag Rally for Freedom” group has a Facebook page where they describe themselves as a peaceful group. “We promote peaceful rallies for the support of Confederate and American values. We support the Constitution of the Confederacy & the U.S.A. no hate,” the Facebook page says. The group has held rallies in many cities in the south, including Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Salem, Virginia, among other places.
How great is this?!? Kudos to these kids and their parents for standing up to these school administrator nazis using their positions to push their fascist, politically correct, crap. It’d be one thing if there was a policy in the actual school about clothing and such. But, we’re talking about bumper sticker and flags on cars in the parking lot, for crying out loud! That’s where it crossed a line, and these kids (with the support of their parents) are pushing back. Good for them! Virginia was part of the Confederacy. Those who have problem with it need to get the heck over it. Hopefully others will rally to support these kids at their next rally. 🙂
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…circa 1865. A new crop of Confederate flag controversies is boiling up along the East Coast just in time for the holidays. In Virginia, residents are fighting over the flying of the rebel flag in Danville, as a new billboard welcomes drivers to “the last capital of the Confederacy.” About 50 supporters carried the Confederate flag during an unauthorized display at a Roanoke Christmas parade earlier this month. And the flag won a victory in Pennsylvania on Tuesday when Kutztown University overturned a ban on the rebel insignia. “It’s our right to show our heritage, our pride, what we believe in,” Virginia Flaggers member Tommy Goddard told WDBJ7. The Danville billboard, which went up last week, greets those entering town with the message: “Welcome to Danville. The last capital of the Confederacy and proud of it.” Those leaving town see a similar sentiment with the Beverley Hillbilly’s-like addition, “Y’all come back.” Some residents have already complained about flagpoles with Confederate flags the group has placed around the city, Goddard said. City officials confirmed to WDBJ7 that a complaint was filed to the planning and zoning board. Goddard’s group doesn’t seem intent on backing down. “Hoping that the city realizes if they go for this code, that there is always other ways to get around ordinances and codes, other ways to make sure that flag or flag pole stays up,” Goddard said. The Danville debate is at least the second Confederate hullabaloo in Virginia this month. As many as 50 flag bearers carried the rebel banner during a parade in Roanoke on Dec. 11, The Roanoke Times reported. The unauthorized display was reportedly organized by several pro-Confederate flag groups and formed behind the permitted float for the Sons of Confederate Veterans 28th Infantry Camp 49. The Roanoke NAACP, which opposed the Sons of Confederate Veterans float even before the unsanctioned flag bearers showed up, organized an opposition rally near the parade’s beginning. “It shocks and saddens me that these issues resulted in individuals on both sides of the debate resorting to the use of a Christmas parade as a venue to further their cause, not celebrate the season,” Downtown Roanoke Inc. board Chairman Tony Pearman told The Times. DRI organizes the parade. And while Confederate flag supporters in both Virginia cases face significant opposition to their cause, the flag claimed a win in a small Pennsylvania town Tuesday. Kutztown University overturned a ban that barred the Confederate flag – and swastikas – from being displayed inside dorm rooms and other areas on campus, Inside Higher Ed reported. “The Confederate flag and swastika are NOT permitted in any residence hall, suite and apartment or student room,” the original policy, enacted earlier this month, stated. The word “not” was uppercased and bolded in the original text. But the university’s legal counsel put the kibosh on Kutztown’s prohibition, citing a need to review the ban’s “constitutionality.”
Smart move.. This whole pc attack on the Confederate flag has gotten WAY out of control this year. Glad to see some folks finally fighting back. Everyone has a right to be proud of their heritage.. And those from the south should have every right to the same…without someone calling them a “racist” because of it. Besides, those who throw that pejorative around clearly haven’t studied their American history. If they did, they’d know that slavery played NO part in how the Civil War started. In fact, that element didn’t come into play until way into the second year of that conflict. So, these idiots with the NAACP, and other similar entitlement-minded race-baiting organizations, are showing their ignorance by shamelessly playing that card.
Earlier this year, after racist terrorist Dylann Storm Roof was charged with shooting nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the media and Democrats across the nation embarked on a crusade to wipe the Confederate flag from society. One of the crusaders, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, decided to get rid of license plates containing the Confederate flag altogether and informed those with such license plates that they had until October to hand the license plates over to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Those found driving with the plates will be charged with a misdemeanor. On Friday, local station WAVY reported that the vast majority of citizens with such license plates have refused to comply with the government’s flag-recall notice. The DMV stated that just 187 Virginians had returned their license plates out of 1,600 who had received a recall notice. One of those who has refused to heed the call is Kevin Collier, commander of the Stonewall Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, whose great-great-great-grandfather fought with the Confederacy. “Next thing you know, they’re going to say you can’t wear blue on Monday… or you can’t wear yellow on Thursday,” he told WAVY. “Where’s it going to end?” The answer: It isn’t. In forwarding the regulation, McAuliffe said the Confederate flag was “unnecessarily divisive and hurtful.” He added, “Even its display on state-issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people.” Apparently, McAuliffe missed the fact that the victims in Charleston did not suffer from hurt feelings thanks to license plates, but from murder at the hands of a racist renegade criminal. But government’s job is now to protect feelings rather than lives.
Oh, let’s be honest here.. Democrats are just using that horrible tragedy in Charleston as an excuse to further their politically correct, fascist, anti-Confederate flag bs. If it wasn’t that shooting, it’d be something else. Clinton adviser turned Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) is the head nazi in Virgina now. Kudos to these Sons of the Confederate Vets who are exercising a little civil disobedience, and standing up for their heritage. They have every right to be proud of their heritage like everyone else.
A Confederate battle flag attached to a high school sophomore’s backpack reportedly led to a school lockdown in Polk County, Georgia. Officials at Rockmart High School say the flag caused a disruption when the 10th-grader, who is white, was confronted Wednesday morning by two black students prior to school starting, a local Fox News affiliate reported. “They wanted to confront him about what he had on his backpack. What did they say? ‘Hey man, why you doing that,’” Principal Wesley Cupp told the station. Mr. Cupp said there was shoving and an exchange of words, but it was broken up by staff within minutes. He said no weapons were found. Still, the school was put through a lockdown drill with students kept in class after rumors surfaced of other students bringing Confederate battle flags to school, Fox reported. “We just did that as a precautionary situation to help maintain and control what could have been a bad situation,” Mr. Cupp said. He said all three students involved were suspended for the disruption. When they return to school they will be offered counseling and other services to help ease tensions, Fox reported. “When you become a distraction where students can’t learn because of a distraction then that needs to be removed,” Mr. Cupp said.
What a ridiculously silly, and politically correct, standard!! The kid that had the flag on his backpack didn’t do anything wrong. It was the two black students who “confronted” him, that caused the disruption. It is THEY who should have been suspended; NOT the kid who had the flag on his backpack. At MOST, they should have told him to put it away.. But, even that would be a bit much. After all, Georgia was one of the Confederate states, for crying out loud! That flag is even on some Georgia license plates!! And Polk County is over 80% white. Soo.. its not like this kid was in east LA, or southside Chicago, or Harlem. This whole pathological thing surrounding the “Stars and Bars” has gotten WAY out of hand. This idiot principal needs to apologize to the kid for suspending him, and direct the discipline where it belogs, to the kids who confronted him and tried to intimidate him for expressing his southern pride. Unreal…
The debate over displaying the Confederate flag has made its way into school parking lots. Three students were called to the principal’s office at a Christiansburg, Virginia high school earlier this month and told to remove Confederate symbols from their vehicles. All complied. Two of the students told the Roanoke Times they were threatened with a three-day suspension. Officials at the school said that wasn’t the case. “We cannot suspend students for violating parking guidelines,” Montgomery County schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake said. Christiansburg is the lone school of the county’s four public high schools to have a parking contract requiring that “vehicles must be free from displaying any flags or symbols that are deemed offensive to any race, religion, ethnic group, or sexual orientation.” The rule was added this year in order to bring the parking requirements in line with school dress code and locker guidelines, Drake said. Debbie Cox, the mother of one of one of the female students who was asked to remove the Confederate logo, admitted she didn’t thoroughly read the parking contract before signing it. “I honestly did not think it was a problem around here,” Cox said.
And there shouldn’t be, Debbie. If some teenager, in a state that was part of the Confederacy at one point no less, wants to put a Confederate flag on their car, they should be able to. This is a silly parking “contract” that hopefully will be revised to remove such politically correct, free speech suppressing, crap. The pc police have struck once again. And, we support those who would fight back again such nonsense. Ya know.. There are many cars in Virginia that still legally have license plates with the Confederate flag on those license plates. I wonder.. Would those cars with legal license plates be allowed to park in this high school parking lot? Perhaps some enterprising parent will allow his/her kid to park the family car there to see what happens..and then use the opportunity to push the issue. We’ll keep an eye on this to see how it develops..