Student suspended fighting for free speech; his rebel flag banned

An Arizona high school sophomore is defending his right to fly the rebel flag on his truck after school officials banned it for supposedly causing a fight, a local Fox affiliate reported.

“I am not a racist,” Jacob Green of Goodyear, Ariz., told Fox 10 News on Thursday. “I researched it. The flag means basically more independence, and less government. It didn’t mean racism. It didn’t mean slavery or any like that. It meant that what they were fighting for was to be more independent and not to have a government control them.”

Reflecting an all-too-common mindset, Agua Fria Unified School District Superintendent Dennis Runyan said the flag created “an environment where it was disruptive,” according to Fox.

Green was banned from displaying the flag after an altercation between him and another student, whom Green said picked a fight over his flag.

“He confronted me. He hit me first. I was defending myself,” Green told Fox. “They’re taking away my First Amendment rights of freedom of speech.”

Both boys involved in the fight were suspended for five days. But Green appears to have suffered the worst punishment.

FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com

Fox reported:

“The school district says it can limit students’ rights while they’re here on campus, especially when it comes to safety of the students and past court cases about this same subject — the Confederate flag on school campuses, backs that up.”

“I’m not gonna take the flag off my truck for somebody telling me to do it,” Green told Fox. “I believe in independence.”

While a student fights for his rights, some adults may be trying to restrict them, but Green appears to have the support of his parents. In fact, Fox reported that Green’s mother and father believe the other student’s assault amounted to a hate crime, and they are considering filing a police report.

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5 thoughts on “Student suspended fighting for free speech; his rebel flag banned

  1. Beverly Golato says:

    It’s only allowed if the flag is Mexican. If the flag offends someone then that person has a problem and needs to get over it. Like it or not we have history and no amount of ignoring or trying to lie about it will make it go away. The confederate flag stands for more than slavery to the people of the south so lets be tolerant of our citizens free expression. Now if it’s the Mexican then I can see getting upset because that’s not part of our history or our country.

    1. Ronald R. Johnson says:

      The Confederate Flag had Nothing at all to do with Slavery and is a Lie that Black Racists and White Black Racists Lovers use to try to hurt Southerner’s who have a lot of Southern Pride for many family members who fought for and under that Flag. So they can stuff their stupid wrong idea’s where the sun don’t shine!

      1. Turtles Run says:

        You mean traitors

  2. proudwhite says:

    Who is this COWARD Runyan ? I’ll bet he would SUPPORT black CRAP FLAG or an ILLEGAL mexican FLAG. What a WHITE Sell out to his RACE.

  3. Ronald R. Johnson says:

    Just because some fools thoughts on the Great Rebel Flag are wrong is no reason to punish the person who fly’s it! I fly one, have one on my watch and anyone not liking it can look away from them! Just because someone is to stupid to know the real meaning behind the flag is their problem not mine!

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