On Wednesday morning, York Comprehensive High School officials told 18-year-old senior Peyton Robinson that he could not fly his American and POW-MIA flags on his pickup truck.
“He said, ‘We’re having some issues. Some people were complaining about the flags in your truck,’” Robinson said to WBTV-TV. The High School official went on to tell the South Carolina teen that the flags could be seen by some as offensive.
School Superintendent Vernon Prosser said that there was a safety concern with the flags claiming they might block the view of other drivers.
”I was pretty mad. I don’t see how it’s a problem. Nobody has ever complained about it before.
“I’d understand if it was the Confederate flag or something that might offend somebody. I wouldn’t do that. But an American flag — that’s our country’s flag. I have every right to do it. I don’t see a safety issue. I mean, I understand it’s a big flag — it’s 4 by 6 — but nobody has ever complained about it being in their way or anything.
“I’ll keep fighting. I’m not letting it go; I won’t go down without a fight,” Robinson said.
Robinson then posted about the incident on his Facebook page, and his fellow students decided to do something about it.
On Thursday morning, more than 70 vehicles equipped with waving flags drove down the road and into the school parking lot. School officials all of a sudden had a change of heart about the flags.
“Do to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy.
“School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard," the school said in a statement.