A 12-year-old boy was removed from the classroom Monday in Colorado Springs, Colorado for having a Gadsden Flag patch on his backpack.
A school official told Jaiden and his mother the flag is banned because of “its origins slavery and slave trade” and had to be removed because it was “disruptive to the classroom environment.”
Jaiden’s mom pushed back against the charter school’s assertion, noting her son was standing up for his beliefs.
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“Yeah it has nothing to do with slavery, that’s like the Revolutionary War patch that was displayed when they were fighting the British,” she said.
“The bag can’t go back in if it’s got the patch on it, cause we can’t have that in and around other kids,” the administrator responded. “I am here to enforce the policy that was provided by the district and definitely, you have every right not to agree with it.”
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The “Don’t Tread on Me” flag is considered an “unacceptable symbol” by The Vanguard School, director Jeff Yocum explained in an email obtained by Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack.
Yocum cited an article from The Conversation, in which a professor claimed, “Because of its creator’s history and because it is commonly flown alongside ‘Trump 2020’ flags, the Confederate battle flag and other white-supremacist flags, some may now see the Gadsden flag as a symbol of intolerance and hate – or even racism.”
In addition to that, Yocum reportedly said the Gadsden Flag violates the district’s dress code outlawing symbols that “refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons.”