SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C – A North Carolina High School that came under national attention over their rule that prohibited students from wearing items with the American flag, or any flag from other countries, has lifted the ban.
Superintendent Dr. L. Stewart Hobbs, Jr said they have lifted the ban on flags and “from this point on, all dress code changes will be made at the school board level.”
Here's the problem, though. From Jay at Stop the ACLU:
I just received a return call from Dr. Hobbs, the Superintendent of
Schools. He told me this :
Last year, the school system had a problem with the Mexican flag protests,
and with gang members using that to hide gang symbols. As a result, one
principal banned all flags.
He has today, when he became aware of the problem, he lifted the flag
ban. That decision will no longer be made at the individual school level.
He has also had a phone call already today from the ACLU !!!! Telling him
that if he makes a decison to allow only the US flag, THEY WILL
SUE. Didn’t take long, huh ?
My imipression, upon speaking with him, is that Dr. Hobbs is very
pro-American, and this issue was a snafu compounded by a prinicpal at one
school, plus the ACLU.
Dr. Hobbs has informed me that he is currently consulting with the school’s
attorneys as to how to respond to the ACLU’s threat.
Many thanks to Jay at STACLU for sending that info along.