Community outrage: Principal removes American flags from students’ trucks on 9/11

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An overly cautious high school principal said he was only following school policy when he removed American flags from students’ trucks on 9/11.

Aaron Fulmer, principal of Woodruff High School in Woodruff, S.C., said that while he appreciates the students’ patriotism and understands why they were flying flags on the anniversary of 9/11, he cannot pick and choose when to enforce the rules, according to GoUpstate.com.

Four students arrived at school Thursday with the flags mounted in the beds of their trucks. Fulmer confiscated the flags and returned them to the students at the end of the day, reported CBS affiliate WSPA.

Fulmer said the students weren’t punished, but were told “rules are rules.”

Spartanburg School District 4 Superintendent Rallie Liston said the problem is not with the flag, but with a policy that prohibits anything that creates a disturbance on campus or draws an “unusual amount of attention to oneself.” Instead, the students should have displayed something smaller, such as a sticker.

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“We all love America and support our country and our flag,” Liston told GoUpstate.com.

Many from the community were outraged. Parents contacted WSPA to announce a protest.

A Facebook post is calling for a protest, saying “PLEASE COME OUT MONDAY MORNING AMD STAND UP FOR OUR STUDENTS RIGHTS AND OUR RIGHTS! 7:50 a.m. Sidewalk in front of high school. Bring an American flag with you!!” WSPA is reporting.

In an attempt to accommodate the students’ position, Fulmer has announced that homecoming week will kick off with “American Monday,” asking students to dress in red, white and blue and bring American flags.

Officials will meet next week to discuss a revision to the policy.

“I don’t want our kids to think the school does not support our country,” Fulmer said.

He might be too late.

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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