Peyton Robinson, a high school senior in South Carolina, was told by a school administrator in the spring of 2015 that he couldn’t fly large American and POW-MIA flags from the back of his pickup truck when he was coming to and from his high school.
He was told some people were offended. He was also told it was a safety issue.
“[The school official] was like, ‘We’re having people say stuff about your flag and I just wanted to ask you to take it down,’” Robinson told ABC News’ affiliate WSOC.
He asked, which was it?
A school administrator actually unbolted the flags while Peyton was in class!
Robinson, who has several members of his family in active duty, said he didn’t think the school needed to make his flag flying a big deal.
“I’d understand if it was a Confederate flag or something that might offend somebody,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t do that. But an American flag – that’s our country’s flag. I have every right to do it.”
Thankfully, once Robinson started posting about the incident online, it didn’t take long for a social media campaign and demonstration to force a change in policy.
“I’ve been told by 2 admistrators at my school this morning that I can’t have an American Flag on my truck because other people have complained about it.” Peyton wrote on Instagram. “Well let me tell you something, I have every right to fly an American flag. It will not be coming off of my truck. This really pisses me off. I ask that everyone that sees this post that attends York Comprehinsive flys an American flag of some sort on whatever they may drive to school tomorrow to prove a point. I will not let this go down without a fight. #America #fightforourright”
Good for you, Peyton, on taking a stand!