Superintendent Bellair: 'American flag is not banned at Whitesboro High School'

Whitesboro school officials are responding to complaints circulating on social media that the American flag was allegedly banned at the high school.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2018 5:45 PM
Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 5:56 PM

WHITESBORO – Whitesboro school officials are responding to complaints circulating on social media that the American flag was allegedly banned at the high school.

In a notice to the school community posted on the Whitesboro Central School District’s website, Superintendent Dr. Brian Bellair says that’s not the case.

Bellair says that some students brought flags to school on flagpoles ranging from two to six feet long, and other students wore flags tied around their necks or as emblems on their clothing.

The notice states that the American flag is not banned, but rather, “the flagpoles and the flags tied around students’ necks were seen as a significant safety concern. Students who carried flagpoles with flags and students who tied flags around their necks were asked to give these items to administration. They were informed that these items would be returned to them at the end of the day.”

Bellair says that students were allowed to wear clothing permitted by the code of conduct that had the American flag or any other patriotic content on it.

None of the students who brought flags to school or wore patriotic clothing were disciplined.

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