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17-Year-Old Boy Suspended For Not Removing Confederate Flag From Truck

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A New Jersey high school student claims he was suspended because he refused to remove a Confederate flag from his truck.

Gregory Vied, 17, says administrators at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township repeatedly warned him to remove the large flag, which is attached to the tailgate of his pickup truck and bears the word "REDNECK" across it.

"Them trying to make me take it down is unconstitutional," Vied told News 12.

He claims the flag only represents southern pride and that he has relatives in the South.

The American Civil Liberties Union defended Vied’s right to freedom of expression, whether or not it upsets students or teachers.

"As the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear, students' rights don't end at the school house gates," ACLU Legal Director Ed Barocas said. "It also doesn't end in the school parking lot."

The school cut his three-day suspension to only one after it received a letter from the ACLU.

Now other students are showing their support for Vied by putting Confederate flags on their cars.

Sources: My Fox NY, News 12

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