17-year-old Gregory Vied was suspended for flying a confederate flag atop his pickup truck, “which was parked in the student lot at Steinert High School in Hamilton Township.”
According to News 12 New Jersey, Vied said he was suspended on March 25th after being repeatedly told he could not fly the flag.
Vied said the flag was “a mark of southern pride and a connection to relatives who hail from the south.” He said he wouldn’t take it down “just because someone said it offended them.”
He added: “Them trying to make me take it down is unconstitutional.”
And the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) agrees. The ACLU says “the student’s right to freedom of expression cannot be taken away even if other students or teachers complain.”
The ACLU sent a letter to the school’s principal on Vied’s behalf. That same day, Vied’s suspension was cut from three days to one.
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