High School Bans American Flag Tuesday, Sep 11, 2007 - 11:56 PM Updated: 02:36 PM
SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. â€“ On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, students at one high school were not allowed to wear clothes with an American flag.
Under a new school rule, students at Hobbton High School are not allowed to wear items with flags, from any country, including the United States. The new rule stems from a controversy over students wearing shirts bearing flags of other countries. Gayle Langston said her daughter, Jessica, was told to remove her Stars and Stripes t-shirt. â€?Today she wanted to wear her shirt, and I had to tell her no,â€? said Langston. â€?She didn't like it at all because I knew it would get her in trouble. Of all days, 9/11, she could not wear her American Flag shirt.â€?
The superintendent of schools in Sampson County calls the situation unfortunate, but says educators didnâ€™t want to be forced to pick and choose which flags should be permissible.
On Wednesday afternoon Superintendent Dr. L. Stewart Hobbs, Jr.[Send him mail] released the following statement:
"We have had a disruption in school caused by the wearing of certain flags by some of our students. We are in the process of consulting with our legal counsel to address the issue presented."
Email the school principal and ask him what the problem is.