A Colorado high school which banned the flying of all flags in its parking lot has backtracked after student opposition.
The ban was imposed at Fruita Monument High School following a student’s attempt to fly a Confederate flag, which officials said was offensive, KREG reported.
“They said we can't fly a Mexican flag, Confederate flag, American flag, any flag at all,” Paxton Streeter told KKCO.
“My buddy was kicked out for having [a flag] in his truck, and they threatened to expel Colt Chatfield for it, and they told all seniors that they would not walk [in graduation] if we continued to display flags in the school’s parking lot,” senior Keegan Bogart added.
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Bogart posted on Facebook about the incident and urged students to turn up to school with American flags May 12.
“I don't see how you can pull someone's right to walk in graduation because they were being patriotic,” Bogart added.
Many students appear to agree with him. Reportedly 300 showed up with flags, and school officials decided to rescind the ban.
“It wasn’t a matter of it being an American flag, or a Rebel flag, or a Confederate flag, it was the fact that administration was spending time in the parking lot policing flags, rather than being in the building focused on helping students focus on learning and graduation, which is why we said no flags in the parking lot,” Fruita Monument High School principal Todd McClaskey said.
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“[The students] were very passionate about it, and rightfully so, so we decided to allow them display those flags,” he added.
Matthew Diers, who heads the District 51 High Schools, acknowledged a mistake had been made.
“That was something we decided wasn’t a good idea, then went in another direction and said as long as you display the American flag respectfully and honorably, we’re all for it,” he told KREG.
District officials confirmed no disciplinary action against students will be taken over the incident.