Riccori High School administrators were quick to overturn their initial decision to start the 2017-18 school year by issuing a ban on any display of any flags, even the U.S. flag, in an attempt to low-key ban students from displaying a Confederate flag.
The new rule reportedly read “Students are not allowed to display flags or banners from their vehicle while parked in the Rocori High School parking lot”.
In answer to that, a large group of students protested this week in the school’s parking lot parading vehicles sporting American flags. The gathering put students and administration together to reach a compromise on the subject.
The final verdict was that school officials agreed and rescinded the ban on U.S. flags and would permit them, however, they would still ban any flags or banners which would make any student “threatened, uncomfortable or unsafe.” It is important for the school to remember that the American flag belongs to the American people, not the school.
A Facebook post was later provided in which the school stated that “Students and school leaders fully agreed that celebration of our nation is desired, but disrespect is not acceptable or desired.” “The students want their peers to feel safe and comfortable in school and understand that other flags can be disruptive and harmful or cause emotional responses in others,” the post also added.
FLAG DISPLAY ISSUE RESOLVED Today, a group of students led a very respectful and appropriate protest of the RHS student handbook guideline regarding display of flags on vehicles. At the class…
Rocori School District Superintendent Scott Staska also made it clear in his praise of the protest telling the media that “if you could have a protest, you would want one like what the students did today”, applauding the students’ peaceful act of protest.