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School's Dress Code Bans American Flag In Error

| by Jordan Smith

Some parents protested after receiving a letter from a Michigan school banning students from wearing American flags under its dress code.

Roseville High School sent out an information booklet which listed prohibited types of clothing, including spandex, tank tops, and clothing with inappropriate slogans, WJKB reported.

"A student's dress should not interfere with the learning environment," the booklet stated.

Further down the list of banned articles, however, was one entry that read, "US flag."

Many parents responded by posting the information on social media and criticizing the school district for its position.

But it was quickly figured out that a mistake had been made.

"We apologize for the misunderstanding about the informational booklet that was mailed out this week," he said. "This booklet was a condensed version of several district and building policies. Regarding our dress code at Roseville High School, the specific language about the American flag states that it shall not be 'worn in a demeaning manner.' We encourage proud, appropriate displays of our nation's flag."

The information has been updated on the district's website and automated phone calls have been made to local residents to inform them.

The district also published an apology on its Facebook page, prompting hundreds of comments in response. Some applauded the district for owning up to the error, while others criticized it.

"If you look at our school district's history, we would never ban the use of the American flag," Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment told the Macomb Daily. "We have a long history of working with the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and other patriotic organizations. We would never ban an appropriate use of the American flag. We never have, nor will we ever in the future ban it."

He noted that only inappropriate displays of the flag, such as in the crotch area of pants or shorts, would be prohibited.

"We need to show more respect in our country," he added. "We may lose a case like that in court, but that wouldn't be appropriate. A T-shirt with a flag on the front or the back, we have no problem with that."

But Kment stressed that he wanted to send a clear message to the public.

"School districts are competitive with each other," Kment added. "There is no reason to shoot yourself in the foot by making a statement like this, with military people working overseas and coming home from defending our country who have students in our schools. I don't want them to think we are anti-military or anti-American."

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