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Minnesota High School Bans American Flag- Quickly Regrets It

A high school has backtracked on a divisive ban.

When Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minnesota informed students that they would no longer be able to park cars in the school grounds if they were flying an American flag, there was immediate outcry. The new policy was instated when parents raised concerns about some students displaying the controversial Confederate Flag. However, after the ban was announced, both parents and students thought that Rocori High School had gone overboard.

The new rule was printed in the Rocori High School student handbook and read: “Students are not allowed to display flags or banners from their vehicle while parked in the Rocori High School parking lot.” Following the controversial ban, a group of Rocori students decided to launch a peaceful protest against the decision. The protesters – who numbered close to 30 – assembled in the school’s parking lot and calmly unfurled American flags. The protesting teenagers also talked about the issue with local media agencies, with many students explaining that their flags were a symbol of their support for the brave men and women in the military, coast guard and emergency services.

The high-profile incident was even reported on the popular morning show, Fox & Friends. As a result of the respectful and mature protest, Rocori High School administrators have decided to reverse their ban on American flags, but the school still forbids any other icons that could make students feel "threatened, uncomfortable or unsafe."

In a lengthy Facebook post, the Rocori School District clarified their position on the issue, writing:

“Today, a group of students led a very respectful and appropriate protest of the RHS student handbook guideline regarding display of flags on vehicles…As a result of the student demonstration, conversations with student leaders and school administrators occurred. Students and school leaders fully agreed that celebration of our nation is desired but disrespect is not acceptable or desired. The conversations encouraged productive and meaningful ways to allow students to display the American flag while still protecting all students from potentially threatening or negative displays of other flags on vehicles.”

School administrators have engaged with student leaders in an attempt to arrange suitable guidelines for the Rocori High School student handbook. Rocori School District addresses this vision, writing: “Student leaders have offered to help support an approach that allows American flags to be displayed on vehicles while, at the same time, helping to encourage respect for others. 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 entire incident has highlighted the disunity and out-of-touch approaches in America’s traditional bureaucracies and institutions. The statement from Rocori School District ends on a more positive note, emphasizing that “The entire situation has helped raise awareness about the meaning and power of symbols, the effects symbols have on other people, and to encourage and promote respectful approaches to all members of the school community.”

Source: Fox News Insider
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