Student Banned From Flying American Flag By Building Management

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A college student was forced to remove the American flag from his apartment balcony.

Brad Smith, a student at San Diego State University, recently moved into the Boulevard 63 Apartments.

Smith placed the American flag on his balcony and shortly after received a notice from the apartment complex managers that it had to be removed.


"We were then told that it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students," Smith said to ABC 10 News.

Being forced to remove the flag upset Smith.

"I've had friends and family fight to defend that flag," Smith said.

Smith’s lease states that “no signs or other personal property may be kept outside the premises" and management decides what is "permissible and acceptable."

"This was never brought to my attention, saying this is the reason right here," Smith said.

The community manager of the building said anyone who displays a banner or flag will receive the same notice demanding removal.

A representative for the apartment complex owner said something wholly different than the complex managers.

“We allow state and country flags,” said Melanie Flaherty, vice president of marketing for Carmel Partners.

Flaherty claims there was a “misunderstanding” between the tenant and the community managers.

The rules will be changed and Smith is allowed to have the American flag on his balcony.

Photo Source: ABC 10 News