A Greenville South Carolina High School has been making headlines. Its hit the news since its reported decision to ban the use of American flags at the school’s football games. The game was between Traveler’s Rest and Borea High Schools.
The principal had made the call to prevent any ‘misuse’ of the flag at the highly contested game. However this decision has created an enormous backlash.
Alivia Waynick was one of the students barred from bringing her flag to the game.
“I brought my flag to support my country and support my team, not in any way to offend anyone,” said Waynick.
Traveler’s Rest Principal Lou Lavely made the declaration in hopes of thwarting poor behavior. Borea High School is predominantly Hispanic. In previous games, students at Traveler’s Rest had taunted the rival school’s students, fans and players. The did so waving the American flag, trying to insinuate the Hispanic players were less American.
In a statement Lavely said “any decision to not allow the American flag to be used in an improper ‘taunting’, unsportsmanlike manner is first and foremost in the interests of promoting the safety and well-being of all in attendance at school events.”
The Decision Is Reversed
The plan to reverse the decision was declared by the school district.
Their statement read, “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.”
Time magazine questioned if the banning was even about the American flag at all. Many thought it was more indicative of the debate on immigration or the racist element within South Carolina. It was only a year ago that the Confederate flag was removed from its capital building.
Parents and children alike are happy to be able to show their patriotism once again.