SC school bans American flag from football games

by VICTOR SKINNER | EAGnews.org  |  published on August 30, 2016


TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – School officials’ decision to ban students from displaying the American Flag at a recent football game is creating controversy in a South Carolina school district.

On Friday, Travelers Rest High School principal Lou Lavely banned students from carrying American flags into a football game against Berega High School, because a lot of students at Berega are Hispanic. Lavely contends the American flag could have been used to taunt those students, WNCN reports.

“Some events at last evening’s football game have resulted in concerns being raised in our community. I am writing to assure that any decisions made regarding American flags being permitted into the game were made in the best interests of all attending the game and in the spirit of patriotism and respect for our flag,” Lavely wrote in response to Facebook backlash about the ban, which turned away several students who came to the game with American flags.

“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. This decision would be made anytime that the American flag, or any other symbol, sign, cheer, or action on the part of our fans would potentially compromise the safety of all in attendance at a school event.”

Lavely’s prepared statement assured community members that officials “have the utmost respect for our flag and strive to display the highest levels of patriotism,” and the school supports veterans, but the potential for taunting was too much to allow the American flag inside of the stadium.

  • Dolores Adams

    What the heck is going on with our country? Besides the muzzy in the white house.

  • Walter Flatt

    FIRE WHOEVER MADE THAT DECISION. EVERY PERSON THAT GO SEE A GAME SHOULD CARRY AN AMERICAN FLAG AND WAVE IT DURING EVERY GAME.

  • robert sanders

    LOU LAVELY should be FIRED from the school district and HANGED from the nearest flag pole. SC is loosing it to the DEMOS. Would not want to live in that state. They should tell the meskens to get the hell out and don’t come back.

  • Cal Har

    Just what in hell is the problem with these people with our flag?????? That flag represents the United sates of America.If they have a problem with that they have the choice to get the hell out.True Americans don’t care for these idiots anyway

  • Niko

    And this is what is called a white,libretard,p.c. twisted,sniveling,feminized,anti-american,socialist,lying,two-faced,safe space- seeking,capitulating,coward,jackboot, scumbucket…

  • mudguy1

    They have backed down and will allow the flag.

  • exoticdoc2

    south carolina is one screwed up state run by PC idiots. If the mexicans don’t like it here they can always go home. After all, if mexico is so great, why are they here rather than there?

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  • justinwachin

    This is America. People should be allowed to carry the American flag. Once you start banning the flag for what someone might do the door opens wide for any active imagination to come up with a half-baked reason to ban the flag. Maybe its time for the local school board to send this principal to the unemployment line.

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  • Frank W Brown

    What TOTAL bullshit, there’s a school board that needs REPLACED, PERIOD!

  • gingergirl

    Another American school bowing to the whims of Hispanics. How about stating to the Hispanics, that you are in our country, we are proud of our flag and we will fly it at our games – period. If the Hispanics don’t like it, they can leave the game. I am getting so tired of this crap – just another ploy to “multiculture” our country. We are Americans! I don’t buy the “taunting of the flag” explanation!
    I wish they would put the contact info in these articles, but since they don’t, I have looked it up. Please call,fax or write your disapproval to this un-American principal: Lou Lavely, Travelers Rest High School, 301 N. Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC 29690. Phone: 864-355-0000, Fax: 864-355-0088, or TRHS facebook page. Did not show an e-mail address. I hope he gets millions of raspberries. . . .

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    STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES!!!!!!!!

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