Following a fight that resulted in suspensions, a student has been informed that he is not allowed to have his Confederate flag on his high school’s campus. However, the student is fighting back, saying it’s his right to fly the flag.
Jacob Green told MyFoxPhoenix that he was suspended for five days after defending himself against a classmate who confronted him about the flag, which has flown his truck for six months.
After the incident, school officials explained that both students were suspended and that Green was prohibited from bringing the flag on campus.
"Basically, they're taking away my First Amendment right of freedom of speech," Green, a junior at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz., stated.
Fox News reports that Green said he has researched the flag's history and didn't find it offensive. His parents believe the student who attacked their son committed a hate crime and are considering filing a police report.
"The flag means basically more independence, less government. It didn't mean racism, it didn't mean slavery, it didn't mean any of that," Green said. "It basically meant what they were fighting for was their right to be independent and not have the government control them."
The school district clearly doesn’t agree with Green’s point of view.
"Open display -- bringing it in -- it has been proven to be patently offensive to certain groups and the courts recognize that," Agua Fria Unified School District Superintendent Dennis Runyan said.
Green has maintained his right to fly the flag if he wants to do it.
"I'm not gonna take the flag off my truck for somebody telling me to do it. I believe in independence. That's something I want to do independently."