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Tennessee School District Extends Flag Ban

The Dickson County School District in Tennessee recently made the decision to ban the American flag from campuses out of fear that some may find them offensive. The decision was made after a controversial debate over the Confederate flag and its removal from the property of the South Carolina Statehouse. Students are also prohibited from bringing the flag to the school themselves, although it will continue to fly outside of the school district's school buildings.

Student Arianna Hesler said “I just think that’s a right. It’s freedom of expression and I don’t think you should be able to take that away from us. If you want to fly a Confederate flag and if you want to fly a rainbow flag, fly a rainbow flag. Whatever you want.” Officials say they haven't had any issues with the new policy yet. Steve Sorrells, director of student services in Dickson County, said, “While this was not necessarily an attack on the American flag, there were some other issues we’re trying to address. It’s not an unpatriotic act by any means because we have a number of ways in which students do learn how to be patriotic and express American pride.”

It's not just the American flag that's banned, it's also the Confederate flag and all flags and banners brought in by students. The school clarified the policy in an email to Fox 13 Memphis, writing that the ban was only on “flags flying on the back of pick-up trucks on school property."

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