Did These Students Deserve To Get Suspended For Wearing Confederate Flags To School?
Would you be offended if someone showed up to your school or place of work while wearing a Confederate flag? Depending on your background, there’s a pretty good chance that you would be offended by it. The Confederate flag has a deep, storied history in this country and it is seen as offensive by some people. So it should come as no surprise to hear that two high school students in Seattle, Wash. were suspended recently for rocking Confederate flags to school. However, you might be surprised by why they chose to do it and what point they were trying to make by doing it.
Apparently, the two students—who have not been identified because of their age—wore the Confederate flags to school in order to protest the gay rainbow flag. After seeing that some other students were being allowed to wear the gay flag to school, they took it upon themselves to push the school’s buttons by wearing Confederate flags. The only problem? The gay rainbow flag is seen as something that promotes tolerance, while the Confederate flag is seen as offensive. So the school did not take their protest lightly and suspended them immediately. The students have the right to fight those suspensions if they want. But it’s unclear whether or not they’ll choose to do it.
Do you think they should have been suspended for wearing the Confederate flag to school? At first, we wholeheartedly agreed with the school’s decision to suspend them. But at the same time, this is a First Amendment issue, and we don’t know if we agree with the school attempting to censor the students here. Because if they say that the students can’t wear the Confederate flag simply because it offends people, then where do they draw the line? What else can be perceived as offensive?
What do you think? Should they fight the suspensions and try and get them overturned? Let us know in the comments section below.