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Sat Mar 29, 2014, 10:46 AM Mar 2014

Teen suspended for flying confederate flag on pick-up truck; ACLU now invovled [View all]

A New Jersey teen says he was suspended from his high school because he refused to stop flying a Confederate flag on the back of his pickup truck.

Gregory Vied, 17, told News 12 that the giant Stars and Bars flag was waving from the back of his truck as he pulled into the parking lot of Steinert High School in Hamilton Township when officials told him to remove the flag.

The teenager — who claims he’s only trying to promote his Southern heritage, not hate — said he was given a three-day suspension after ignoring repeated warnings from the vice principal to take the flag down.

“Them trying to make me take it down, is unconstitutional,” he told the news station.


The ACLU is now supporting the teen citing the first amendment. After the ACLU wrote a letter to the school, the school cut the student's suspension from 3 days to 1.

The teen's friends and supporters have also begun to go to school with confederate flags on their vehicles to show support. So far the school has not suspended those students.
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If he wants to proclaim to the world that he is an ignorant fool, let him tularetom Mar 2014 #1
This is one of those cases Cirque du So-What Mar 2014 #2
Would you support the school allowing anything then? Drunken Irishman Mar 2014 #9
The shirt you mention Cirque du So-What Mar 2014 #10
that is a threat newdemocrat999 Mar 2014 #14
Courts will side with the school... Hip_Flask Mar 2014 #3
Where was the American flag banned? you got to be kidding newdemocrat999 Mar 2014 #16
Here ya go... Hip_Flask Mar 2014 #34
That's a very narrow interpretation ProudToBeBlueInRhody Mar 2014 #37
The point stands I think.... Hip_Flask Mar 2014 #38
Flags of armed revolt are a gray area for me Recursion Mar 2014 #4
I understand your point. delta17 Mar 2014 #6
Promote Southern Heritage? Turbineguy Mar 2014 #5
it's the cover story for promoting racism Skittles Mar 2014 #31
I support the work of the ACLU. Even when I don't. Throd Mar 2014 #7
Stupid administrators turn these kids into martyrs alp227 Mar 2014 #8
Had a kid in San Antonio wear a confederate t-shirt to school this week sammytko Mar 2014 #27
Smart principal. Nye Bevan Mar 2014 #43
Southern heritage, my ass. GreenEyedLefty Mar 2014 #11
The school is going to lose bigtime on this. newdemocrat999 Mar 2014 #12
I agree. Jgarrick Mar 2014 #30
And would we complain if school itself flew the confederate flag? Before you argue in that case KittyWampus Mar 2014 #13
It's entirely different comparing a state and federal entities in the same sentence with newdemocrat999 Mar 2014 #17
It's arguably preferable to dragging the corpse of a slave behind your truck Orrex Mar 2014 #15
In other news, most kids are dipshits Codeine Mar 2014 #18
Displaying the Confederate flag in the north is not the wisest thing to do, B Calm Mar 2014 #19
New Jersey, eh? "Giant" Stars and Bars Flag, eh? MineralMan Mar 2014 #20
He's looking for attention. So the best strategy is simply to completely ignore him. Nye Bevan Mar 2014 #44
Yep. LuvNewcastle Mar 2014 #46
It's times like this I wish we had a hate speech amendment. NuclearDem Mar 2014 #21
I don't. Jake Stern Mar 2014 #29
Agreed... Hip_Flask Mar 2014 #35
The authorities would be able to remove lots of DU posts if such an amendment existed. Nye Bevan Mar 2014 #32
His incorrect usage of a gerund honors his redneck heritage Tom Ripley Mar 2014 #22
The ACLU defends racism once again. GiveMeMorePIE Mar 2014 #23
Free speech is always my friend...whether I like it or not. n/t EX500rider Mar 2014 #24
Bullshit. The ACLU defends the right for you to express yourself. X_Digger Mar 2014 #25
That's why I don't give them my money. rdharma Mar 2014 #26
Easy to support free speech when it is speech that you support (nt) Nye Bevan Mar 2014 #33
I donate every year to the ACLU LittleBlue Mar 2014 #28
Kid, Be glad that William is more than a hundred years dead. Wolf Frankula Mar 2014 #36
Tolerance is no a la carte Boom Sound 416 Mar 2014 #39
ACLU is doing the right thing. n/t Jefferson23 Mar 2014 #40
Wonder what the ACLU would think if someone shaved a swastika into their head. eom tarheelsunc Mar 2014 #41
Let that damn flag go already, my fellow white people! Lunacee_2013 Mar 2014 #42
What is Your Confederacy, your Secession? Wolf Frankula Mar 2014 #45
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