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13-Year-Old Moses Hinton Suspended From School for Wiping Hands on American Flag

In Virginia Beach, Virginia, 13-year-old Moses Hinton was suspended for allegedly touching the American flag inappropriately, but his parents say that their son was treated unfairly because he is black.

Virginia Beach Public Schools Spokesperson Eileen Cox claimed the suspension was ordered after a teacher at Plaza Middle School observed Hinton returning from the bathroom and wiping his hands on the flag because there were no paper towels in the bathroom on May 21, 2012.

Family attorney Wayne Scriven told WAVY-TV: “He said there weren’t any paper towels, so I dried them on my pants before I started walking back.”

Moses Hinton’s mother, Victoria, quoted her son as saying: “Mommy, I was coming up the stairs and I lost my balance and I touched the flag.”

Scriven told WTKR-TV that he believes that the suspension was racially motivated because Hinton was the only black child in the school’s gifted program.

While the Hinton family is not seeking money, they are keeping all legal options open until the school agrees to clear the boy’s record.


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