A Virginia high school student refused to remove U.S. flags on his truck to park in the school parking lot, choosing to switch to homeschooling instead.
Christopher Hartless was reportedly told to remove the flags by a school official, leading to his parking pass being taken away for not complying.
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“My family fought for America and I feel like I should be able to represent the flag that they fought for,” Hartless said.
“I don’t understand how it’s distracting if they have one on the flagpole that every other student can see," he added.
High school student Christopher Hartless said "he is just exercising his First Amendment rights by flying the flags." https://t.co/bwhD4v44cP
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His stepmother "Kingery doesn’t want him to have to ride the bus. So, they have decided to do homeschooling," WALB reported.
“If they’re willing to change and let kids want to fly the American flag, then I’ll put him back in school,” Kingery stated.
The report follows growing concerns across the nation of schools viewing the U.S. flag negatively.
Many schools now no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance while others have stopped the longtime tradition of displaying a flag on campus.
The issue adds to other problems parents have cited about critical race theory being taught in some schools, along with issues of gender ideology and sexual orientation that many parents believe should be left to parents to address.
At least one teenager will no longer be dealing with the problem of whether he can keep his U.S. flags flying on his truck as he has chosen homeschooling over complying with his public school's policy.