A principal at a South Carolina high school banned the American flag at football games, but was later forced to backtrack when outraged patriotic Americans put the heat on.
Lou Lavely, the principal of Travelers Rest High School, began barring students from entering the games with an American flag because he considered it “improper ‘taunting,’ unsportsmanlike manner.”
He particularly cited a game against one local team with a large Hispanic student body.
Outrage from patriotic Americans in the community and across the nation was swift.
Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, blasted the principal, saying there’s no reason the punks who were causing trouble by taunting opposing fans couldn’t just be removed from the game.
He urged school administrators to “grow a spine” and stick up for the flag.
It looks like the pressure finally got to Lavely, and he has now reversed course – Amazing!
The spokesperson for the school district said that “after meeting with Travelers Rest student and faculty leadership, and with the benefit of time to reflect, Mr. Lavely has reached a different decision.”
“He based this decision on current students’ request that he judge them on their own merits and not based on the actions of past students,” the spokesperson said. “As a result, effective immediately, students are allowed to bring the American Flag to any and all Travelers Rest High School events. Instead of restricting possession of the flag, the TRHS administration will, if needed, address the misuse of the Flag, or any other inappropriate behavior, on an individual basis.”
Superintendent Burke Royster said in a statement, “I fully support Mr. Lavely’s thoughtful reconsideration, and his willingness to respond to advice and input from his community.”
“I am appreciative of the Travelers Rest High School community for sharing its concerns and opinions on this matter in a respectful, civil manner,” Royster said. “I also appreciate and applaud their desire to promote patriotism and service as a part of the culture of their school and am in agreement that students’ desire to carry and display the American flag should be encouraged and supported throughout the District.”
Well done Travelers Rest High School students and families! And shame on the administrators for thinking patriotic Americans would roll over so easily on the symbol of our nation.
When will they learn not to tread on the American flag?