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Is a school ban on the Confederate flag unconstitutional?

October 20, 2015

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Students at Christiansburg High School in Christiansburg, Va., have raised questions regarding their First Amendment rights and whether wearing the Confederate battle flag is protected speech.

Christiansburg High School banned clothing with the Confederate flag after the 2001-2002 school year when a series of racially motivated fights broke out. The flag was used to harass and intimidate others, said Brenda Drake, a spokeswoman for the school district. The district then enacted a ban that forbids symbols or flags that could be considered offensive based on race, religion, ethnic group or sexual orientation. “It was an entire school year of significant racial tension,” Drake said in a Washington Post interview. She added that racial violence continued despite the ban. “I think certainly we value First Amendment rights, but we have to maintain an orderly and safe environment for all students.”

Starting in 2015, the ban was extended into the student parking lot. The student parking contract said no symbols that could be considered offensive were allowed on students’ cars. Students who want to use the parking lot must sign the contract.

The new parking policy has been challenged by students, who argue that the ban violates their First Amendment right to free speech. They held a small protest rally in the parking lot and then tried to enter the school wearing clothing that prominently featured the Confederate flag. At the school doors, administrators told the students that they were not allowed in if they were wearing Confederate regalia. Twenty-three students were suspended.

Junior Zach Comer, who attended the rally, told the Washington Post that students wanted to show that the dress code and parking policy unfairly target those who wish to display the flag. Comer said: “We’re not trying to go into school and raise Cain or anything. We’re doing it to raise a point that the flag is not racist. Everyone else can wear whatever shirts they want, but we’re not. We just said, ‘It’s time to put a stop to it.’”

Free speech rights in schools have come before the Supreme Court several times in the past 50 years. In 1965, Mary Beth Tinker and two other students wore a black armband to school to silently protest the Vietnam War. They were suspended and sued the school, arguing that their First Amendment rights had been violated. In 1969, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Tinker in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, saying that speech, including symbolic speech and especially political speech, is protected as long as it does not interfere with the educational mission of the school.

Decades later, Matthew Fraser gave a speech filled with sexual innuendos at a school assembly, but refrained from swearing or using graphic language. He was suspended and sued the school. The Supreme Court found that the school did not violate Fraser’s First Amendment right and that lewd speech could be considered disruptive and contradicted the educational mission of the school.

And in 2011, a panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Defoe v. Spiva that schools were allowed to exclude racially hostile or contemptuous displays from protected speech because the use of such language could result in conflict or violence on school grounds. The panel’s majority opinion stated: “Expression of racial hostility can be controlled in the public schools even though such expressions are constitutionally permitted in newspapers, public parks, and on the street. Public school students cannot simply decide not to go to school.”

What do you think?

Does the ban on the Confederate flag violate the students’ right to free speech? Is the Confederate flag is a racially offensive symbol? Should schools be allowed to ban certain symbols because of the threat of violence? How should schools balance the free speech right of students with their educational mission? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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2/8/2017
Bloomsburg
Marcela
J.Davis
In my opinion the confederate flag shouldn`t be worn on t-shirts because it represent violence and killing people. Nothing which reminds racism should not be worn as kind of "style".

2/7/2017
Pennsylvania
James
Bloomsburg High School
I think that the confederate flag should be allowed to be worn on t-shirts in school because it is just a flag and it is a piece of history and should be allowed to be worn. People just get so upset about the dumbest things and make such a big deal about it. I think that people just need to chill out and not flip out about everything all of the time.

2/6/2017
Pennsylvania
Corinne
Bloomsburg High School
A school's goal is to make sure every student gets a fair education, a confederate flag, which represents segregation and slavery, would disrupt the peace and may make students of other races or ethnics uncomfortable or maybe unsafe. It's okay to have your personal views on flags and religions, but it's not necessary to show it in a school setting. It could cause bullying, so it's better to just avoid all the trouble together and not allow shirts displaying such a sad time in America. It would be similar to a German student in school wearing a Nazi shirt, it wouldn't be appropriate because it triggers such a touchy subject.

2/6/2017
Bloomsburg, PA
ashley
Bloomsburg High School
i don't think that school should say they cannot wear a shirt with the confederate flag. i say this because the flag is still a historical symbol and is still special to those who had ancestors that fought in the war. also now a days the flag is not used as a racial symbol, it is more of a symbol for the south, just like country music, truck, and cowboy boots.

2/6/2017
bloomsburg pa
allyssa
mr. davis
i believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion toward things, and if that means that they want to wear a shirt with the confederate flag then they should be able to. i also believe that the flag doesn't represent any sort of racism unless you're trying to make it racist. the flag is apart of american history.

2/6/2017
Pennsylvania
Eric
Bloomsburg Area High School
In my opinion, I think that there was some limitation to their freedom of expression, but ultimately these rights were restricted to uphold the well-being of the student population. The first goal of any school is to protect their students (and educate them), and if a symbol is going to cause disruption and violence, then it's justifiable to restrict the use of that symbol. Unfortunately, minors do not have the same rights as adults which allow schools to regulate what students are able to do. In this circumstance what the school did was justified and understandable.

2/6/2017
Pennsylvania
Corinne
Bloomsburg High School
A school's goal is to make sure every student gets a fair education, a confederate flag, which represents segregation and slavery, would disrupt the peace and may make students of other races or ethnics uncomfortable or maybe unsafe. It's okay to have your personal views on flags and religions, but it's not necessary to show it in a school setting. It could cause bullying, so it's better to just avoid all the trouble together and not allow shirts displaying such a sad time in America. It would be similar to a German student in school wearing a Nazi shirt, it wouldn't be appropriate because it triggers such a touchy subject.

2/6/2017
bloomsburg pa
allyssa
mr. davis
i believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion toward things, and if that means that they want to wear a shirt with the confederate flag then they should be able to. i also believe that the flag doesn't represent any sort of racism unless you're trying to make it racist. the flag is apart of american history.

2/6/2017
Bloomsburg/ PA
Jake
Mr. Davis/ Bloomsburg
When the constitution was first made, slavery was going on. So technically a school ban on the Confederate flag would be "unconstitutional" but it was a long time since the Constitution was made. We are living in a new society where this should not be allowed.

2/6/2017
Bloomsburg
Dylan
Mr.Davis
I think it's part of your freedom to wear whatever you would like. Also believe in whatever you would like to so i don't see why they would ban the Confederate flag when its an important part of history.

1/26/2017
Murrieta/California
Owen
MCA/Mr.Jabro
The confederate flag is freedom of speech. And to some it is a racially offensive symbol but to other its part of theyre family history but all things considered its still freedom of speech. Well if in some schools you cant wear hats or hoodies taking away the option of promoting the confederate flag isnt that big of deal. Although it is freedom of speech tho, I agree with banning it because it can bring violence and that doesnt need to happen in a school for that is not what school is for.

12/5/2016
magnolia, texas
Cheyenne
Magnolia West High School/ metzger
I am completely and one hundred percent for being able to wear confederate flag attire and having the flag on display, i think that schools trying to ban the flag is in fact a violation of their first amendment. The flag was used during the days of slavery but having the flag does not mean you are a racist who supports slavery and hates black people. I had a confederate flag sticker on my truck and i am definitely not an african american hater or slavery supporter. Taking away someone’s right to wear or display the flag would be like telling someone what they can and can not drive or where they can and can not live, and that is not right.

11/3/2016
Sidney Mt
Michael Thompson
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that the flag does not represent racism unless you are trying to make it racist. I dont see wearing it being a problem but if you wear the flag because you have a african kid you dont like then yes you should get introuble with it. That flag has a lot of history to and i think wearing it would be a freedom of speech until you abuse that privalage.

10/19/2016
taylorville, IL
Damon
Taylorville High school
they get mad if we hang the confederate flag from our trucks.

10/6/2016
Murrieta Canyon Academy
Matthew Munoz
Mr.Jabro / Murrieta Canyon Academy
The Confederate flag represents a lost war that was full of racism and the fight for southern state rights. In all the other wars that we've lost we look away from them and choose to leave them behind. Why do we have to keep the civil war so close and try to hold on to it? That was one of the darker times in our history and why should we be reminded by it every time we look at the Confederate flag? The schools should just ban any symbols that could be offensive to students. We should let it go, keep the flag in our textbooks and learn from the war rather than keep the Confederate flag in view and that mentality that comes along with it.

10/6/2016
California
River
MCA
I think the confederate flag being restricted from being represented at school is a violation of their freedom of speech. But is not unconstitutional to ban students from wearing it as it represents negative actions taken in american history.

10/6/2016
Murrieta/CA
Leo
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon High
Yes because the kids who hold flags see the flag in their own point of views,and people take pride for what they believe in.. No because people symbolize it differently, we would not be where we are today if it wasn't for the confederate flag. No because we symbolize things differently. By letting them speak what they bfeel.

10/6/2016
Murrieta
Omar Mata
Mr.Jabro
yes i do believe that the flag should be banned because it was a time of the united states when it was racist im not saying that there is no more racism but that is what i think that flag resembles

10/6/2016
Murrieta, CA
Jhun A
Mr. Jabro
The flag's meaning changes according to the people's perspective, there isn't just one way in seeing it. Schools shouldn't ban flag but they could try their best to contain it, if someone has it as a sticker then that' okay but if the person is going overboard then that's an okay time to prevent them from showing it. Students have the right to free speech but once it's taken too far then they should be warned but not banned from saying it. Everyone has their own perspective of the flag but we shouldn't judge them for how they see it.

10/6/2016
murrieta/ca
roxanne bolanos
mr.jabro/MCA
in my opinion the rights were violated , i do think in my opinion that the flag represents someting wrong ,but many students are allowed to wear flags of other nations or other things representing others nations or representations so anyone should be able to represent their own beliefs

10/6/2016
Murrieta
Julia
Mr.Jabro
I think that banning the confederate flag is pointless. I feel that kids in high school don't have any wrong intentions, unless they say otherwise. People should be able to wear what they want. Kids will still do as they please anyways.

10/6/2016
Murrieta CA
Summer
Murrieta Canyon Academy
The confederate flag is a racially offensive symbol, the ban does not violate the students right to free speech, you can always wear it outside of school, it will always be a offensive symbol no matter how hard you try to fight it, people will always put the flag and racism together and should NOT be allowed to be worn at schools.

10/6/2016
murrieta ca
Lila
breekside
i believe the school did the right things if the students were causing issues with the flag. the students werent causing a problem by justing wearing the flag.

10/6/2016
california
Sonny Martinez
Mr.Jabro MCA
I personally feel that it is free speech and what the confederate flag originally stood for is yes morally wrong but if some wish to fly the flag then they should be able to do so freely I would not want to someone telling me I couldn't fly an American flag.

10/6/2016
Murrieta/California
Brian Massie
Jabro/Murrieta Canyon Academy
I believe that the confederate flag is a sign of racism. Only the racist people wanna keep it up. Someone that doesn't show some form of racism wouldn't wanna keep that flag up. So in my opinion it should be banned from everything.

10/6/2016
Murrieta, CA
Robert
Mr. Jabro
The confederate flag represents racism and hatred. I think the flag should be taken down and never used again. It gives people a reason to hate and it allows people to use what their ancestors used to persecute innocent people. It isn't fair and it's most certainly not constitutional. That flag represents everything that a true American does not like about this country. Just take it down already. Dispose of it like the trash it is.

10/6/2016
Murrieta, California
Adnan
Mr.Jabro
I believe a school ban on the confederate flag would not be unconstitutional. For one this flag represented a symbol of a rebellion that was shut down. If the confederates were victorious then slavery would have been enforced. The confederation used the confederate flag to intimidate their opponents. If the confederates were to be victorious their flag would be the one being used and our flag would be banned. Due to the fact of its symbolism it should be banned from schools.

10/6/2016
CA
Jon
Jabro
I feel that the school had the right to ban the flag because of previous incidents, even saying they should not have the power to ban the flag on the cars of the students, though there should have been a more diplomatic solution to the infringement.

10/6/2016
murrieta
cameron
Jabro/ creekside
The confederate flag should be banned from all schools no matter how they feel or what their beliefs are. I feel that the flag is racist due to how its been used and the places its been used.

10/5/2016
Murrieta/CA
Bryson
Mr. Jabro
By all means they are allowed to wear it, and for the schools to acknowledge it and ban it will just strengthen the cause to wear it, eventually they will grow up

10/3/2016
Murrieta, CA
Maurice
Mr. Jabro MCA
The Confederate flag represented a mislead rebellion against the U.S, so it should be banned from schools. There is no point in it when the Confederates lost, if they would of won the America flag would of been banned from their country. Also it represents slavery since that was one of the main things they fought over, no one can say it doesn't represent that.

10/3/2016
Murrieta,Ca
Jabril
Mr.Jabro
I feel banning the confederate flag is not unconstitutional because it was used as a symbol of hate and oppresion, i think most kids in schools know exactly what they are doing when they bring/wear the confederate flag to school and how it affects others. so yes it should be banned.

9/16/2016
Sidney/ Montana
Nick Ullman
Mr. Lewis/ Sidney High School
The Confederate flag should not be allowed in schools. The confederate flag was created as the symbol of a dying lifestyle that found slavery acceptable and like wise is a symbol of racial discrimination. Much like how the swastika is concidered as a hate symbol towards jewish people the confederate flag stands for a symbol of racism against african americans.

9/10/2016
Michigan
Kerry
DHS
Second amendment rights do not pertain to k-12 students. Schools have custodial rights over the minors while attending.

6/3/2016
Murrieta California
Marco
Mr Jabro
In my opinion if you want to wear the flag or do what you want with it do it no one should tell you what you can and cant do by all means do what you please just dont be ignorant with it

6/2/2016
Sevierville TN
Jane Conner
Edmonson High School
I hope that teachers will emphasize to students that the second amendment is the right to bear arms. Tyler's comments apply to the first amendment I believe which is freedom of speech.

5/25/2016
Huntertown IN
Tyler
Carroll High School
I believe this is a blatant violation of our second amendment rights. In the constitution there is no where that says that when something is offensive we should ban it and restrict the second amendment. This is a violation of our founding fathers amendments.

5/23/2016
Murrieta/CA
JcaobStrommen
Mr.Jabro/CreeksideHighSchool
I believe that the confederate flag being restricted from schools is not unconstitutional, but is an act against there freedom of speech. I think that the confederate flag is something that only a certain amount of people would put on and should not be looked down apon. i see the flag as a logo of a different team in sport, not something i like but some people my like it.

5/18/2016
Murrieta/CA
Nathaniel
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside High School
I think that the ban of the Confederate flag is very inconsiderate of the people who fought in the war associated with that flag. That is history to them and it means a lot to the said veterans of that war. I do think it is a violation of the students freedom of speech. The Confederate flag is not a racist symbol. It is the flag that was flown during its war time, it was just flown during those times so people see it as a racist symbol. I do not think that schools should be allowed to ban the Confederate flag just because they see it as a threat. It should stay where it is at because of the history that it has with our country. They should let the students fly the flag if they want to do so.

5/6/2016
mcpherson ks
gilbert
daved cummingd
i thank if i wanna talk about the flag or drew it or put it on my car i can its a lil bull that i cant

5/5/2016
Livingston, MT
Bill Shannon
Park High School
Recently our school has had a controversy about displaying the confederate flag. My question "Is the Confederate Flag - a form of symbolic speech or is it a sign of oppression? Our school recently enrolled an African American Male into the local high school. then two weeks later the confederate flags appeared. We have had some African American Students enrolled in or school before... with no reactions. Why now? Mr. Jackk Gbecs could you give me the source for the "Slave trader that made the original Confederate Flag?

5/2/2016
New hampshire
Jack
Gbecs
I'm going to say this once and believe it or not, the confederate flag is racist. It doesn't matter what you say, or what you think. The confederate flag wasn't originally the sign of the confederacy... It was actually made by a slave trader who, and I quote, said "The flag represents the superiority of the white man over the lesser or blacks" There is nothing you can say. Your argument is invalid. These kids are obviously not wearing these clothes to "Celebrate History" or whatever the opposing argument is saying. You're kidding yourselves. I honestly think, not think, but know that this school is completely constitutional for doing what it did.

4/18/2016
Pilot Mountain
Kali
East Surry High School
i think that the ban of the rebel flag is unconstitutional because there is no point is telling the kids what to wear and what not to wear because either way they ain't going to listen to you.

4/6/2016
Rudyard/MT
Jaliisa
Mrs. Campbell/ North Star High School
It is completely unconstitutional. The Confederate flag is part of the history of America. It was used to symbolize the Confederates in the Civil War. It is a hugely important part of American History and it should not be banned. Almost everything that that flag stood for is in our past, so it should only have a historical meaning for students.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Salome
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
The confederate flag was used to symbolize the Confederates in the Civil war. The Confederates believed that slavery was right. That flag itself is a symbol of slavery, segregation, and one of the worst wars the U.S. has ever seen. Students should not be able to wear offensive things like the confederate flag. That would be as offensive as wearing a KKK campaign shirt, or an "anti-white" t-shirt. Though some might not be wearing the shirt as an offense, it may be seen as one. To limit riots, fights, and issues there should be a rule to not promote the symbol. If the state of South Carolina decided to take down the flag, all government and educational buildings should prohibit those types of things.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Brian
Mr.hana Stroudsburg JHS
It kinda does but it's really not right to have so no it's not and it a racial offensive. Amd heh only if it is not bad that's the only way tho

3/16/2016
Murrieta/Ca
Vanessa H.
Mr.Jabro/CHS
Yes, banning the confederate flag is unconstitutional because if you ban one flag what about the others ? It's unfair to a kid that can't wear a shirt to school with the confederate flag on it when a kid with a Mexican flag shirt can. Banning one thing leads to a banning of a whole lot of other things.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Ross
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Yes, banning the confederate flag is unconstitutional. This goes against the natural human right of free speech.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Carter H.
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think it isn't violating their freedom of speech because the south didn't win the war, therefore they should not use the flag for any reason. It could be used racially as well, because it is offensive to a lot of people. Schools should be allowed to ban whatever they want because that could prevent arguments and fights that could potentially break out. The students shouldn't revolt over this, just accept it.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Jahnel D
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
I think that the schools should ban the confederate flag. It is a sign of hate for blacks and it will lead to lots of fights in the schools. Yes school should be able to ban certain symbols that will hurt or put others in danger. Freedom of speech is when you can say and do what you want but what you say or do it doesn't put anyone in danger.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Michael
Mr. Hanna/SJH
I think it shouldn't be banned. It's a free country and they shouldn't make them not be able to wear something. It could represent who they are and show everyone that. As long as it's not for a bad reason, it's ok

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Nandee C
Mr.Hana Stroudsburg jHS
I agree that not allowing students to wear the Confederate Flag is a violation of their freedom of speech. Sure the flag is commonly seen as hateful and maybe insinuates racial violence,or perhaps just reminds people people that we aren't perfect and that things like racism and racial violence still exist, but that has nothing to do with the students. They are just showing their appreciation for a part of their history; a part of all of our history. If you ignore that fact that the Civil War happened and that racism was and is still a big problem in America you're only making things worst. What problem has ever gone away just by ignoring it? I believe that the school should be focused on creating and environment were you don't have to be offend by the past, because it's in the past,and they should be working to keep it there. In the end a flag is just a flag, and its people who do bad things with it.

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Eryk D
Mr.Hanna
I do not believe Theban on the Confederate Flag violates the right of free speech. The confederate flag is not a racially offensive symbol. I feel it is a symbol of freedom for the first United States. Yes, schools should be allowed to ban symbols of violence, those that are deemed hazardous or would promote violence. Common sense would have to be used, if certain symbols promote violence in certain schools, ban them from that school only, not the entire school population.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Berend
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think the school should have the right to ban the Confederate Flag. In the cases of how people use the flag, it could be a racist, hateful symbol. But some people say it's a show of heritage, but do you really have to cause all of this trouble just to show your heritage? The flag did use to represent hate and that's not what we want. If a symbol represents violence the school should have all rights to ban it. School is not about violence it's about learning. And if people really want to express southern pride or heritage, simply buy a shirt that says "Southern Pride"

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/Pa
Eric
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg jhs
I do not think the ban violates the students first amendment. The flag represents a dark part of Americas history. It encourages violence especially in a place where children of all ethnicities go to. Not only is it offensive but fights were breaking out. No one wants to go to school in an environment where they are afraid to be a certain ethnicity which is what we fought so hard to stop in the past. Although the flag isn't just a simble of racism and slavery I do feel many people see it as a symbol of that so I feel the school was right for banning it.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Manny
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think the ban on Confederate Flag apparel or flags violates one's right to free speech. The Confederate Flag can be seen as a sign of slavery, a tribute to the soldiers that fought for the Confederacy, or a symbol of supremacy for whites. Most people see it as a mark of the racism and in order to move away from racism using things that are very easily interpreted as racism. Schools have every right to ban it as it can cause fights over racial disputes over the flags. In order to come to balance, schools have to ban the flag to remove any racist tension caused by it.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Leo
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg Junior High
I think it is not unconstitutional to ban the confederate flag. It isn't unconstitutional because the confederate flag represents racial injustice and the support of owning slaves. The confederate flag shows an immature nation which still latches on to an abolished, racist tradition.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
AJ Schito
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg
I believe that a ban on the Confederate Flag in the school system is not a violation of the constitution. If people find the confederate flag offensive and racist and the school system has an obligation to make their students feel safe. To those children and family's who find the flag offensive the confederate flag represents slavery. Those who believe in the confederate flag and what it represents are okay to believe that but if it makes them uncomfortable it should be taken down.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Nkosi
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that banning the Confederate Flag at the school was the right thing to do since it's racist and offensive. That's practically like someone showing up to school with a picture of a middle finger in their shirt. It's just not right especially when kids are using it to intimidate other students

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Elizabeth
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I strongly feel that the ban on the Confederate flag is not a violation of the First Amendment. Embracing this symbol would be extremely similar to embracing the Nazi flag, which is obviously not acceptable. A symbol that displays and encourages violence between races should not be welcome in any setting, and I think the mere prospect of trying to reinstate it to promote more violence is disgusting. The flag is a statement of America's past bigotry, and it's not something we should be proud to wear on our shoulders. The ban is completely appropriate.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, Pa
Uzoya
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think the ban on wearing he Confederate Flag in school did not violate the student first amendment. That flag may represent Southern pride,to some , but that doesn’t change the fact that it still represents slavery. Flying that flag is oppressive and It inspires violence and creates a toxic environment in the very area people should be allowed to feel safe- at school. The Confederate Flag is a hate symbol and if the school feels that something is unsafe then it should be banned for the students safety.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Russell
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
The Confederate is a highly racist logo. Students have no right to wear and support a group that stood for slavery and killed innocent African Americans. The school isn't violating the students rights, but the students are violating the safe environment for all students. Image how insecure "black" students must feel going to school knowing that kids will be waving the Confederate flag?

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Laif
Mr.Hana\stroudsburg
The flag can be worn by anyone and mean different things to different people. To one person it could be racist but to another it could just be a design on a shirt. The school system of any state shouldn't ban a symbol because it promotes violence. Unless anything in that school is used as a cause of a bad event than they have no right to ban it.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Madison
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg
Banning the confederate flag is a violation of the first amendment. If people wish to where or have the flag, they should. The flag does not symbolize any racial statements. The confederate flag is part of history. They have the right to wear and feel what they want. Some people believe in the confederate flag and some people don't.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg,PA
Laif
Mr.Hana\stroudsburg
The banning of the Confederate flag is not appropriate because it is part of our history and no matter how ugly it gets, it is our history. It might be wrong to say just like some other things that Im not allowed to say without without the consequences. The Confederate flag is only offensive if you look at all of the bad things it has caused and not the good. Does the first thing you think of the Confederate flag is slavery? The Confederate flag also stands for you to stand up to an impossibly strong enemy, to protect your things, and idepedance by fighting for what they truly believe in. The school shouldn't be able to ban things that are bad to THEM. To some or if not all, that are just symbols

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Waqar M.
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that banning the Confederate Flag isn't a violation on the first Amendment. It's just not good to have that flag, reminding of the south during the Civil War, Slavery, and more. Banning a flag isn't a violation becaus basically than if it was you would see people raising nazi flags and swastikas and so many people will feel mad it uncomfortable. So banning flags is a good idea to show that it was a really serious matter that shouldn't be brought up by students who use it as humor, etc. That's my opinion on this.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Hope
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that if students want to wear the Confederate flag, that should should be just fine. Even though many believe that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of the Civil War, people don't realize that they weren't fighting solely because they thought that African Americans were inferior to them. The freedom of slaves meant the economic collapse of the south, so they were fighting more for monetary reasons than racism. No one seems to get that the flag is not a "racially offensive" symbol, it is a symbol of the south, and though they wanted to keep slavery, they fought just as well as the north did. People villainize the Confederacy constantly, and it's ridiculous. Schools should not be allowed to ban the Confederate flag or symbols like it. There should never be a theat of violence. If people could handle their opinions in a calm manner, be intelligent about stating their feelings, and approach things calmly, racial violence wouldn't exist! If there was an intelligent approach, things would balance themselves.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg
Selena London
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think they should be aloud to wear the confederate flag if they don't show any hate. It's a part of history and some people may have relations to someone who fought in the civil war. If they aren't showing any hatred or harming anyone it is completely fine. It is their right to freedom of speech.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg/PA
Saige
Mr. Hanna/ SJH
I think that they should be able to wear anything that deals with the confederate flag. Some people wear it to show who they are and that's okay. Most people don't wear it to show hate.. The confederate flag is not going to start any fights. If they have a problem with it, maybe they should question the person on their way of taking it. It's silly to ban such a thing like this.

3/14/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Joe A
Mr.Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I think if they are using the flag as a reason to start a fight or harm other races and groups it shouldn't be aloud. If they want to wear it and not not bully any one then it's okay. The flag shouldn't be used to represent hate it should be used to represent your family's history or heritage. Even Africa Americans have worn confederate clothing and had flags.

3/3/2016
Taylorsville
Sara Bahena
Taylorsville High school
This is something wrong to do because the students didn't know what was going on honestly if they were gonna do that they should of told them that is was something bad for them to do, because of what the flag means or meant for them to suspend the students is something wrong for them to do. The teachers and staff from this school should honestly get in trouble because just because the flag is something bad meaning slavery and such, the teachers should not be working there anymore if they didn't let the students know what was going on. That is my explanation for this cruel thing to do for a simple flag that means something from the past .

2/11/2016
West Nyack/ NY
Liz
Mr. Barsamin/ South
I think the school did not break their first amendment right, because this article states that" racially motivated fights broke out". Like in Defo v, Spiva the court ruled that "schools were allowed to exclude racially hostile or contemptuous displays from protected speech because the use of such language could result in conflict or violence on school grounds." And as shown above this flag was causing violence in the school and disrupted the school learning.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/ New York
Destiney D.
Mr.Barsamian/Clarkstown High School South
I think the school should ban the wearing of the Confederate Flag. In my opinion the school need to make parents and student feel like their school is a safe environment and when certain people see the flag fights break out which isn't safe. Also many student see it as a sign of disrespect and whites hating blacks. That may not be something someone would feel comfortable around. On your car I feel like that is their right no one is going out looking at a person car to see if they are racist or not. Student in schools aren't looking at bumpers all day. So I feel like it's okay for the car stickers.

2/11/2016
Bardonia/ NY
Anissa
Barsamian/Clarkstown South
I feel that the confederate flag should not be banned from their school and they should be able to wear whatever they like as long as there is not profanity or any inappropriate images. I don't understand how people take offense to someone that is irrelevant to them, wearing what they like or what they support. If i was to walk in to school wearing an American Flag on my shirt, there would be no issue. I do feel that banning this, is violating freedom of speech because they can't explain or express what they like or how they feel. I don't see where wearing a shirt with the flag can be considered violent. The flag on the shirt, isn't going to start a war or battle.

2/11/2016
West Nyack, NY
Jake
Mr. Barsamian
I believe this issue should be handled on a case-by-case basis. I think it is important for schools to be a place where everyone feels comfortable and can express themselves as long as they are not hurting or disrupting other people and their learning. It is constitutional for a school to ban the confederate flag on school grounds since it caused fights to break out in the school. However, if there has not been an incident involving a confederate flag, then it is not constitutional to ban the flag. The reason being that if nobody is being affected by someone wearing the flag, then the person who is wearing the flag has their right to free speech.

2/11/2016
West Nyack, NY
Nick
Barsamian/Clarkstown South
I feel that the ban in constitutional because, although there is a representation of heritage in the flag, it ultimately represents hatred of African Americans and the idea that slavery is acceptable. The confederation was abolished for good reason and the flag should not be advertised on any form of clothing as it goes against the values of our country today

2/11/2016
West Nyack, NY
Kayla
Mr. B
The ban of the Confederate flag does violate a students right to free speech. Despite all of the negative thought people may have on the flag, it still represents a sense of culture in the southern US. The people who support the Confederate flag are embracing that culture. The flag itself does not represent slavery. Kids in high school are old enough to support what they want, and they shouldn't be banned from supporting a culture.

2/11/2016
Brampton, ON
Duchene
Mr. Chips/Turner Fenton Secondary School
The school have rights to limit what students should wear If doing so can stop the outbreak of racially motivated fights. The schools should have the right to ban things that can cause problems in the school. The schools number 1 priority is to keep students safe. If speech is seen as offensive or defamatory, It should be restricted.

2/11/2016
Bardonia/NY
Nicholas
Mr.B
I believe that the ban on children wearing confederate flag is completely unconstitutional and a direct violation of first amendment rights. While I don't approve or agree with the student wearing this flag, I think the student should be allowed to express themselves however they want to, it is their right. Banning the wearing of the flag is pointless.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/NY
Zack
B
I do not believe that the confederate flag is a symbol of hate. It is merely an outdated flag. If it is a flag or any symbol at all that causes disruption to a school or is seen as offensive to many, then certain decisions to prevent such disruption should be made. As for the flag itself, it is irrelevant to the current state of the country so I believe it is up to the school to deem it a distraction or not, which does not violate the 1st amendment.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/ New York
Dylan
Mr. B
The ban on the Confederate flag in school does not violate the students' right to free speech because it did cause the school year to be disrupted. Also, the clothing was used to harass and intimidate others. The clothing also led to fights. Therefore, I think the school had the right to ban the Confederate flag because it was used in a hateful way.

2/11/2016
New City/NY
Zack
bar/Clarkstown South
The students first amendment is clearly being violated. Students have the right to express their speech, especially when the confederate flag was at one time the symbol of America. Many Americans down south have family heritage of the confederates. How can an image with no words be deemed a distraction? It's not like there is an illicit or derogatory word. Just because the confederate flag may be associated with racism it isn't racist itself, the kkk and other racist organizations make it that way.

2/11/2016
West Nyack/Ny
Jack
Mr.B/ Clarkstown South
I believe that the freedom of speech should obviously be protected. At the same time though wearing a confederate flag shirt, hat, or any piece of clothing with the flag on it could be very offensive to some people. Some people see the flag as a symbol of heritage while many others see it as a form of hate. My main thing is that if you live in a school where it will cause problems or you wear it once and it does cause problems then it should be banned. If you go through a couple days wearing it and its not causing any problems, then i see no problem of anyone wearing it

2/11/2016
NY
Jeff
Mr. B
I think the school 100% had the right to ban the flags because they were disrupting the flow and order of the school day. Also, The Civil War was hundreds of years ago, we are no longer a Union cut in half; but if you still really want to show your support and pride for the confederacy, just do it on your own time, you don't have to do it in school.

1/28/2016
Murrieta/Ca
Kayla
Jabro/Creekside
I think the school has every right to ban the confederate flag. Many people say that it;s just their heritage, but it's a form of hate. The need for the flag was because many of the southern states chose to leave the U.S over the ban of slavery. Schools don't allow offensive clothing, and I believe the confederate flag is extremely offensive. It's a symbol of hate.

1/11/2016
Murrieta/California
Maria M.
Jabro/ Creekside
The first amendment does protect free speech but if certain free speech is causing disruption to the learning environments, I believe the school has the right to ban articles of clothing obtaining the confederate flag. Many schools have a dress code and that dress code is enforced so that all students have a moderately safe learning environment. Most dress codes in schools prohibit the use of gang related clothing items because for most people its means violence, disruption of the law, and for many students being around "gangs" might inter fear with their learning. Therefore, not only students but people are offended by the confederate flag because it symbolizes white dominance, represents slavery, and racism. In my opinion i wouldn't be comfortable in school with students who believe that "colored people" are to be owned and slaves to the dominate race.

1/5/2016
Sidney, Montana
Kade
Mr. Faulhaber
The ban on the Confederate flag would violate students' right to free speech. This ban is specifically targetting certian students who could honestly only wish to show support for the political issue, or even just show respect to family members that had fought in the civil war, or simply show respect to the south. If schools are going to ban one flag, they might as well ban both. In the hearts of some, the Confederate and the National flag are one and the same, just different styles.

1/5/2016
Sidney MT
Nick
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I beleive that this is unconstitutional because of the fact that the constitution was created to protect the unpopular group. The ban on Confederate flags was issued because someone got affended by what the shirt represented. In a way its symbolic speech maybe these kids that wear these shirts believe that slavery should still excist and thats their right as an american citizen. Im sorry that this issue affends people but to be able to continue to live the life you have in america you dont have the right to not be offended. Theres always going to be someone somewhere thats going to offend you your just going to have to put your big boy pants on and suck it up. Im sorry but this country wasnt made just for one individual person it was made for us all to be different, to stand out from others, and its things or issues like this thats making it harder and harder to just be your own person without having someone regulating your life telling you what you can and can not do.

1/5/2016
Sidney, MT
Quinn McGlothlin
Mr.Faulhaber Sidney High School
I think that the students wearing the Confederate flag on their clothling didn"t violate their free speech. The students wearing the Confederate flag were disrupting the learning of other students. Students wearing the Confederate flag were getting into fights with the other students, which was causing disruption to other students learning. Therefor the students wearing the Confederate flag first amendment right was not violated.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar/California
Jon-CesarP.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I do not think the ban on the Confederate flag violated the students' right to free speech. In the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court ruled that the black armbands students wore at school to protest against the Vietnam War were fine to wear at school as long as they did not disrupt the learning experience at school. The shirts that students wore at Christiansburg High School displaying the Confederate flag were, however, used to harass and intimidate others. This must have hurt some people at Christianburg High and maybe even caused them to want to skip class, therefore, disrupting class. The time of the Civil War is not looked back on fondly by Americans. It was a time of racial segregation. It was a time when brothers fought their own brothers. In conclusion I think the school district made a wise decision banning symbols or flags that could possibly offend people based on ethnic group or race.

12/11/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Emily T
Wong/Lorbeer
The first amendment protects free speech but if this free speech is causing a disruption during class or causing fights to break out in schools the constitution has the right to ban the clothes bearing the confederate flag. This same issue had happened when students were wearing black armbands to show how they disagreed with the Vietnam war. The students were being harassed mostly verbally but see the armbands were just armbands but these t-shirts have a very violence inspiring image. When these kids grow up they can choose whether or not they want to wear that image. Kids may think it's cool because it reminds them of bloodshed and fighting but what they don't realize is that it is very bad and reminds us of the times we lost many.

12/10/2015
Diamond Bar, CA
Aden P4
Wong/Lorbeer
I consider the ban of the Confederate flag at Christiansburg High School to be constitutional. I believe this because of the fact that this can harm certain people that go to that school because this flag represents certain people who still/have supported the African-American slavery back then in the south. If I saw this at school I definitely 100% wouldn't want the Confederate flag to be on campus because it stands out today expressing that slavery is a good thing. This racial motivating flag can cause even fights and I'm sure no one wants that at their school. It's constitutional to ban a certain symbol as long as it prevents further incidents that can lead to serious injuries or even death.

12/8/2015
Diamond Bar, California
Dorian P.4
Wong/Lorbeer
I believe that the ban on the Confederate flag at Christiansburg High School, is constitutional. Allowing one of the most controversial, inflammatory icons of American culture to be represented at a school is not appropriate or safe for the students attending the school. The flag was used to represent the people who supported African-American slavery in a war over 130 years ago that killed thousands of people. School's do have the right to ban certain symbols at school, due to the First Amendment. In the Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des Moines, students wore black armbands at school to protest against the Vietnam War. The Supreme Court stated that they found no evidence that the armbands disrupted speech at school, but they did say that students do not have the unlimited right to free speech at school. If substantial disruption or disorder is caused by student speech, it is not protected by the First Amendment. The Confederate flag has caused a series of racially motivated fights, and an entire school year of significant racial tension at Christiansburg High School. Both of these effects could put the students' physical and mental health in serious anger. Of course the school's ban on Confederate Flag regalia is constitutional, since its purpose is to protect the well-being of the students'.

12/7/2015
Diamond Bar/California
FionaP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I agree with the faculty at Christiansburg High School in this matter. The banning of the Confederate flag was absolutely constitutional because, as seen in the Supreme Court Tinker v. Des Moines, it is constitutional to ban a symbol (in this case, the Confederate flag) as long as there is no individual insignia singled out. This is especially true at Christiansburg High School, where there was a history of disruption caused by the Confederate flag. The faculty have been proven to have banned any symbols "...that could be considered offensive based on race, religion, ethnic group or sexual orientation..." as stated by Brenda Drake, a spokeswoman for the school district. The Confederate flag, no matter what some may say, falls into this category, as it has a long history of use to promote slavery and racism, under the guise of "Southern pride." There was a great deal of proof of disruption from multiple instigators, and as such, it was perfectly within the power of the faculty at Christiansburg High to suspend students for wearing the Confederate flag.

12/4/2015
Watertown MA
Daniel McCurley
Mr Rimas
The question on wether it is unconstitutional to ban the use if the flag in a public school, the answer is yes. If someone was to wear a shirt or bring in a flag and thats it nothing else then there is no reason to ban it. I know many people find this hard to beleive but constitution works in boths directions. what i mean but that is it protects the rights of all races, but it also protects the rights of those who beleive one race is better than another. yes this does mean that being racist is not a crime. no public entiy can tell you that all people are equal. so if some wanst to express this opinion in a public school they may do so as long as it does not disrupt the learnign process. If someone witht the opiste opinion of that individual confronts them and creates a situation wear learning cannot be achieved then that person is in the wrong not the one express their opion. i think that this something that most people forget. I also want to stress that i have no hate for any race, i judge people individualy on their own character.

12/4/2015
Watertown, MA
Edmundo Villa-Pérez
Rimas/Watertown High School
If flying the Nazi flag is legal, then it is not illegal to have a Flag of the Confedeate States of America. Therefore, a ban on the flag is unconstitutional. However, wearing a flag is disrespectful to the flag, no matter what it symbolizes. For instance, there is technically a las prohibiting the selling of clothing with the flag of the United States of America because it is considered disrespectful, but no one says anything about that. However, schools are allowed to ban such a symbol of it disrupts the educational process, which it clearly did, as various fights were incited by the wearing of the flag, so the ban of the shirts bearing the flag were completely constitutional.

12/2/2015
Hoover/Alabama
Adam Melton
Parker/Spain Park High School
Was it unconstitutional for a high school to ban the Confederate flag? Not at all. The school had banned the Confederate flag because of its racial connotations and the fact that it lead to a series of racially motivated fights. The reason why schools limits freedom of speech is because it may disrupt behavior, and the school proved that it did disrupt behavior. Claiming that the flag is not racist because it is a symbol of "Southern Pride" is false and is just revisionist history. The fact that the flag was used to rage war against the US because they wanted to have slavery(and yes, it was about state rights. Specifically, the state's right to own slaves. Look at the secession documents each Confederate state had.) and that it is still used by actual racists disproves that.

11/29/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
Nathan
Wong/Lorbeer Middle School
I think the Confederate Flag should be banned not because of I believe that the confederate flag is a symbol of racism or slavery, but because people see only in black and white. The fine people who are offended by the flag won't see it as a historical image that represented the southern people of America in the Civil War, but as a symbol of pure racism and slavery. By not banning this flag conflicts between the offended and the offensive will continue and the more controversial it will become as more people wear it. I do however see the historical value of honoring the confederate flag as a symbol of southern heritage and culture.

11/29/2015
Diamond Bar/CA
RaquelP1
Wong/Lorbeer
A school ban on the Confederate flag is not unconstitutional, as it does not violate the students' First Amendment right to free speech. It was justified when Christiansburg High School banned clothing with the Confederate flag because the Confederate flag caused a sequence of racially motivated fights to break out at the school. In fact, it was said that the flag was used by students to harass and intimidate others. After a year of uncomfortable racial tension, it was understandable for the school to want to take action. In a previous Supreme Court case that dealt with a similar topic, Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court stated that free speech, which includes controversial opinions, is only protected if it does not cause disruption or interfere with other peoples’ rights. Schools should be able to ban certain symbols that create a threat of violence in order to provide a safe environment for students. Since the use of the Confederate flag caused disruption at the school, it is completely justifiable and constitutional that the school banned it.

11/24/2015
Sidney, Montana
Chelsey
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
This debate can raise some questions such as, what are they teaching about the Confederate flag? The Confederate flag does not always mean it is directed to be racially offensive. Anyone can feel offended by anything. I want to point out that the school does teach about the Confederate flag and they could be showing their heritage by wearing it. Their educational mission should not go past the school doors. Making the parking lot a banned location as well really pushes it overboard, in my opinion. I do not think school should be allowed to ban flags when they are a large piece of the U.S.'s history.

11/24/2015
Sidney MT
Cayden Hecker
Mr.Faulhaber Sidney High School
A school ban on the confederate flag is unconstitional. The flag is ment to be s aymbol of southern pride. If a person is offended by it because they tak the meaning of it the wrong way it is that persons fault. It is not offensive in any way to fly the confederate flag. People feel that because it was a symbol of the sout it is supporting slavery, but it isn't people just interpret it that way. By banning the confederate flag at schools you are restricting speech and expression protected under the first amendment. Also by banning the flag in schools you are telling people to not respect the herritage of the south.

11/24/2015
Sidney, MT
Sadie
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I think banning the Confederate flag was unconstitutional. Why you may ask? I say because a flag represents something it symbolizes something important to the people. In my opinion a flag can not make you do good nor bad things. You make the choice to do good or bad. The Confederate flag symbolizes the south and their heritage not racism most people think because the south had slaves. Also in my opinion In the south if they banned the American flag that symbolizes our freedom, our lives, and our heritage how would that make you feel in the end?

11/20/2015
Sidney, MT
Hunter Nice
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I’d say that it does. The reason why is because even though some people see it as a symbol of racism. It really isn’t it resembles southern heritage and that should be allowed to be expressed. Granted there are some bad seeds out there but the majority see the flag as a symbol of heritage and not racism. I think instead of the uproar on the flag being racist they should see the true meaning of the flag.

11/11/2015
Belleveille MI
Angela
MR. Fite / Canton Prep High School
I think it does violate free speech. The Confederate flag is a historical flag that is significant to the United States. Schools should let students speak their mind, If they were banning it than it wouldn't be the right thing to do because than people can't say their opinions on what they think.

11/10/2015
Canton/Michigan
Remon Nelson
Canton Preparatory Highschool
In my personal opinion I believe that the confederate Flag should be banned. Not because I am deluded by the false truth, that the confederate flag is a dedicated symbol of Racism, but I would want to ban it because that is the only way people can see it. The Confederate Flag was originally supposed to represent each of the confederate states of America. But over the years, this symbol has fallen victim to a false idol and is seen as something entirely different.

11/10/2015
Canton
Cole
Mr.fite
No, I think that it's ok if you do want to ban this flag. This flag is not really apart of our country and does not posess a symbol for us.

11/9/2015
murrieta
austen h
jabro
Free speech is already very limited in pubic schooling. Especially things that cause controversy, that's something schools want to avoid. Since it's not like college where your free speech is somewhat protected. The issue with public school is the majority of student population is under 18. Young adults may not understand the history of the confederate flag and the interpretations it has in modern society.

11/9/2015
Ypsilanti MI
Kendra Schramm
Mr.Fite/Canton Prep
I believe that banning clothing with the Confederate flag on it is not reasonable because it is our right to be able to wear what we like if we follow the rules. I understand to some the Confederate flag is racist but if we were not allowed to wear something because someone thinks it's not proper, what would we be able to wear?

11/9/2015
canton
jewls
fite
it is unconstitutional because its giving them freedom to do what they want

11/5/2015
Benson/AZ
savanna
Sorensen/Benson high school
To be honest I think students are allowed to express in what they believe in. I also think that banning on the confederate flag was inappropriate response to everyone.

11/5/2015
CA
Amber
Jabro/creekside
I believe that the banning on the confederate flag was an appropriate response, equal and fair to everyone. Not only was it a distraction in school it started fights and heated debated arguments on the stance. You're not at school to make a point, you're at school to learn and talk and debate the problems in your class not outside of class. If they want to be offensive, go ahead do it out of school, my opinion on the matter is the flag should be banned period. But it's a free country so if that's what they wanted to do, OUTSIDE of school, then that's their thing And also the fact they're trying to say "it's not racist." As it literally has started race wars and even arguments today is beyond me how they can feel it's not an issue. So no, to me it does not affect their free speech at all, they can say whatever and do whatever outside of school.

11/5/2015
Canton MI
keegan robinson
Mr.fite CantonPrep
i believe that kids should be able to wear the flag because it shows freedom of speech.Some kids believe that its just a flag and others believe that its something offensive to them.

11/5/2015
Canton Mi
Nick
Fite/Canton Prep
My opinion is that this is not unconditional. Reason why is that it violates peoples free speech. The confederate flag is a historical flag and has a lot of significance to the US. Schools that ban this are taking away students that want to speak their mind. People who use the flag as a act of violence or as a racial option then yes certain areas should "banned" from certain students.

11/4/2015
Canton, MI
Hunter Smith
Fite, Canton Prep
I believe that people should have a right to fly or wear the flag of the Confederate States of America. The first reason I believe this is that it is our first amendment freedom of expression. The second reason is that the United states had slaves also. People seem to use the Confederate States as a scapegoat, even during the Civil war there was 4 states that were part of the union and had slavery. The Wrong things that the united states did is often overlooked. So bottom line even if you consider it racist it is still their constitutional right.

11/4/2015
Canton, MI
Joy
Fite/ Canton Prep HS
I believe that the ban on the is unconstitutional because it takes away freedom of expression. It is also a historical artifact in U.S. History. Some may argue that it can offend minority groups, however it can also remind the nation of the wrongs we committed in the past.

11/4/2015
Murrieta, CA
Davin C
Jabro/Creekside High School
In my opinion, i absolutely don't believe in, or support the confederate flag. That being said, i believe that the school has no right to ban students from expressing what they believe in. I am a true supporter in our individual rights, and i support our right to freedom of speech.

11/4/2015
Canton, Mi
Naptyla
Fite/Canton Prep HS
In my opinion, I strongly believe that it is not unconstitutional to raise the flag because it represents our country and what it means to us. The flag lets us stand to it and say the Pledge of Allegiance which basically we are saying that this is pur country and we have our rights.

11/4/2015
Canton, Michigan
Tyler
Mr. Fite
The ban on the Confederate flag is unconstitutional. It is unconstitutional because it is an aspect of freedom of speech. However it is also, part of history. Of course the Confederates stood for racism, however it is better to acknowledge the mistakes of our past then to ignore them, and act like they never happened. So we should keep the Confederate flag to remember that they were wrong and learn from their mistakes and treat everyone equally.

11/3/2015
Murrieta CA
McKenzie MIlligan
Jabro, Creekside High School
The school should have banned the shirts advertising the confederate flag. It was causing problems at a school where people are there to learn. They should not be able to cause racial problems and cause issues.

11/2/2015
Murrieta/California
Daniel
Jabro/ Creekside
I believe the school did the right thing. If the flag was causing a issue, then they had to take precaution by telling the students that the couldn't wear it. If it's going to cause a problem, then the students should realize maybe they don't need to wear it.

11/2/2015
Murrieta CA
McKenzie Milligan
Jabro, Creekside High School
he only rational that can be used to support the banning of the confederate flag is the actual unrest among the student body. racial tension among students is dangerous for young minds and can wedge a deeper divide between the groups. it was smart of the school to ban the confederate flag from clothing. however, banning it from the vehicles is a little bit far.

11/2/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Jakob
Mr. Jabro / Creekside
Yes of course it is unconstitutional because it violates mine and yours first amendment. The Confederate flag is my heritage and it has nothing to do with hate a racism in my eyes i see it as a Confederate Battle Flag. But If they are gonna remove it from schools you might as well take it out of the books.

10/30/2015
Murrieta CA
Haylie
Mr Jabro
I think it does violate free speech. The Confederate flag is a historical flag that has significance to the United States. Schools should let students speak their mind, if they are banning it you might as well write it out of history books.

10/30/2015
Murrieta, ca
Gary
Jabro- Creekside High School
I think schools have the right to ban symbols like the confederate flag as they will surely lead to violence. More people see the confederate flag as a symbol of racism, than those who see it as an important part of history. The issue is with the first view. The flag represents a wound in our nations history. Schools are meant to be a place of learning not violence, and banning this symbol will keep it that way.

10/29/2015
Diamond bar, California
Shivani Patel Period 4
Mrs. Wong/Lorbeer middle school
I think it is constitutional to ben the wearing of the Confederate flag at schools. If you wear the Confederate flag, which is a flag from a enemy it would be offensive at an American school. We were at war with that country and if a staff member would see at student wearing a confederate flag on there clothes, they might believe that the student is supporting a way of thinking that was not American. For example, if a student wore the German flag to school during the World War II many people would have questioned why they were wearing the German flag. Maybe the staff members would have thought that the student was supporting Germany instead of American. Not allowing supporting of an enemy country, past or present, is not unconstitutional.

10/29/2015
Benson AZ
Logan f
Mr sorenson
I don't think its the right thing it take away the rights from the students.

10/27/2015
Benson AZ
Austin E
Mr. Sorenson
I think the school was right to ban the flag if it was causing racial tension and being used in the wrong way.

10/27/2015
Benson az
Jessica
Sorensen
I think wearing the flag is all fine a good, but if you use it to put down, hurt or start fights with other students you deserve to have the right taken away and be suspended. If you use the flag as a symbol of hate to scare people you are a huge jerk.

10/27/2015
Benson, Az
Raymond
Benson High School
I feel that the school had the right to ban the flag because of previous incidents, even saying they should not have the power to ban the flag on the cars of the students, though there should have been a more diplomatic solution to the infringement

10/27/2015
Benson, Az
Alexis
Benson High School
Whether you ban the flag or not, racial tension will always exist. Instead of banning the flag, I believe personally speaking to students who use the flag or act of violence to voice there racial opinions, and removing them from the school would be more appropriate. I'm sure the students will find a way around the ban, and still break this rule.

10/27/2015
Benson az
Bradley m
Mr. Sorenson
I think it was wrong for the teacher to ban the flag. They should just punish the students that were using in in the wrong way.

10/27/2015
Benson az
Dominic c
Mr sorenson
I believe the school did the right thing if the students were causing issues with the flag. If they were not then the should have the right to wear the flag as they please.

10/27/2015
Diamond Bar, California
LucasP4
Wong/Lorbeer
I think it was a good choice to ban the confederate flag from clothing because it stops some racial tension. Racial tension is not good for students because then they might be racist to people at school. You can be racially biased which sucks because you might not even follow some peoples stereotype. Since the confederate flag promotes slavery, people will think your racist and there might even be a bunch of fights at school and stuff like that so that's why it was a good choice but banning it from cars is a little too far because that causes students to rebel like they did and try to sue they school plus a bunch of kids get suspended or even expelled.

10/26/2015
benson az
trey
Mr.Sorenson
the only rational that can be used to support the banning of the confederate flag is the actual unrest among the student body. racial tension among students is dangerous for young minds and can wedge a deeper divide between the groups. it was smart of the school to ban the confederate flag from clothing. however, banning it from the vehicles is a little bit far.

10/23/2015
Benson Arizona
Caden
Sorensen
I disagree with the schools. They should be able to express what they believe. Some people use there clothes to do so.

10/23/2015
Benson Arizona
Perrin
Sorensen
I think the school has the right idea. If something was becoming a big deal, it was right of them to make rules to stop the conflict.

10/23/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Micah W
Jabro - Creekside High School
When the students are not on school grounds they have free speech, while they are attending school they must follow the rules and regulations that are stated in the student contracts that every student must sign before they attend a school. The Confederate flag IS a racially offensive symbol, it's been used for decades as the flag for rebellion, oppression, segregation, discrimination, and hatred. Not only is it the flag that represents the army that fought to keep slavery, it represents the army that rebelled against the Union, in more ways than one its an anti american flag. Schools should be allowed to ban whatever symbols they feel are necessary to be banned to protect all students and staff ; everyone has the option to leave and seek education elsewhere.

10/23/2015
Benson AZ
Dustin
Mr. Sorenson
The school should have just leave it be, the school is why caused the problem. The students weren't causing a problem by just wearing the flag, if the school would have let it be in sure it would have been fine.

10/23/2015
Az
Alli
Sorenson
I think that the school was in order, they set the rules, the students job is to respect it. The students sign school contracts agreeing to the school rules, so the school was in the right, students in the wrong.

10/23/2015
Arizona
Alicia
Sorenson
It should be up to the school- if a family doesn't agree with a schools rules they can change schools. They thought it would Lead to violence so they put a stop to it.

10/23/2015
Arizona
Kara
Sorenson
I think that the school did the right thing; they believed that wearing the confederate flag could potentially lead to violence and it is better to stop a situation before an outbreak happens.

10/23/2015
Benson, AZ
Sean
Sorenson
It is the in their right to express themselves however they wanted. Most schools have kids sign contracts at the beginning of enrollment having the student agree to the school's rules. The disruption they were causing gave the school every right itself to implement their own rules.

10/22/2015
Benson, Arizona
Harrison
Mr. Sorenson Benson High School
I believe the school did the right thing. If the flag was causing a issue, then they had to take precaution by telling the students that the couldn't wear it. If it's going to cause a problem, then the students should realize maybe they don't need to wear it.

10/22/2015
Mescal/AZ
Daniel F
Mr. Sorenson/Benson High School
I believe it is pointless to suspend a student for what he/she believes and it does violate the First Amendment. The school had no right to take them down. How will the school respond if they had to walk in their shoes? Many laws have banned interracial marriage or even blacks from voting. These laws prevented human rights after all we are all humans going through tougher times together. Let students believe in what they want. Confederate flag or Nazi symbol, they all have a backstory to it. Today we all wear what we want. If it offends someone just walk away. Don't let the hate consume our body as that's how violence happens. If the school thinks something is obscene, try looking into the past to observe all the screw ups America did; this is the land of the free. Another way to fix the situation is to keep them away from others trying to start something. If students, teachers start spitting on each other faces then there is a problem needed to fix.

10/22/2015
Diamond bar/ca
Jordyn
Wong/lorbeer
Personally, I don't think there is anything wrong with wearing stuff like that. Yet, at the same time I get where the administration is coming from, but that is nothing you should get suspended for. As long as you are no harassing anybody or using it inappropriately than its no big deal. I definatly do not think the flag is racial maybe a little stereotypical but not racist.

10/22/2015
Benson, AZ
Savana
Mr. Sorenson
I believe that it was wrong of the school to make a huge complaint about the flag because we do have the right to believe in whatever it is that we would like to believe in. They could have went about it in a different manner.

10/22/2015
Benson, Az
Kayla
Mr.Sorenson
I believe that the school was right in at least attempting in stopping the racial violence going on in their school. The schools job is to provide a safe learning environment. The students were using the Confederate Flag as a way to harass other students. They used it as a weapon, something used to harm another person. The school had every right to stop it.

10/22/2015
AZ
Reidhead
sorenson
I feel the confederate flag is a symbol of heritage in some eyes. No matter what some one wears some other person can be offended. The action the school took was unjust because most of the students who wore the flag were not having bad intent they just wanted to make a point. Also the ban brought the issue of the confederate flag to a high point of concern. Which caused more contention and separation between the Waring groups of students. People are going to do what they want no matter what bans you put in place, for example when they banned alcohol from being sold or traded the people still sold and traded it.

10/22/2015
Benson,AZ
Daniel D
marv sorenson/benson high school
I think that its wrong to suspend student for what they believe. I think that it ignores the first amendment and that its wrong to ignore the bill of right. if the students get suspended for showing what they believe then they should do something to people that also ignore the bill of rights. I think that they should find other solution.

10/22/2015
Bemson Arizona
Terry
Mr. Sorenson
I belive the school did the right thing when it started causing violence and disruption during school hours. Yes it goes against their first amendment right but when they abuse it and use it to harrass other students there should be something done.

10/21/2015
Benson, Az 85602
Lance
Mr.sorenson/Benson High School
I believe that in this specific situation the school had no right nor any reason to suspend the kids for expressing their beliefs in what they have always liked, in a way of doing that the school might as well had put up a sign that says "your not allowed to say, do or wear anything" and say that "we don't care about the amendments nor your rights"

10/21/2015
Benson
Sara
Mr. Sorenson
I think that the school did not have the right to tell those kids what they could and could not wear. They were expressing their right to freedom of expression. The school could have done something like suspended them if they caused trouble, but before they were suspended there was no trouble.

10/21/2015
Benson/Arizona
Gunnar
Benson High School
I believe that the school did the right thing banning the flag as it caused violence and disrupted the school's learning environment. I also believe the school should apologize and uplift the suspension of the students as the school violated the students first amendment right

10/21/2015
Benson, AZ 85602
Monica
Me. Sorenson/ benson highs goon
If they band the confederate flag;why not ban the American flag. Some people aren't American. Maybe they find hailing the American flag offensive to them. I believe the school went to the extreme over something so small. They shouldn't have responded to the situation like that. It was henious and not needed.

10/21/2015
Benson/ Arizona
Lupita
Marv Sorenson / Benson High School
Honestly every person has their rights & if those rights say that they have freedom to say what they want then so be. I understand that the school was trying to keep peace, however while doing that they were basically telling a student his freedom of speech was not allowed. I don't believe he should have been suspended, there should have been another solution.

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