Lou Lavely, a high school principal in South Carolina, is being criticized after Hunter Ballew, a former student posted on Facebook that he was not allowed into the football game against rival team Berea because he had a flag… and AMERICAN flag!
According to Ballew, this is not the first time that principal Lavely has had issues displaying the flag. He mentioned that students, for example, were not allowed to bring the American flag the day after the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Ballew added that:
‘Lou Lavely, Travelers Rest High School Principal, continues to power trip and strip young Americans the right to proudly boast this Nation’s flag’
Lavely argued that Travelers Rest students have misused this patriotic symbol in the past by ridiculing the students of Berea, a town that has a large Hispanic population.
‘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 principal wrote in a statement issued by Greenville County Schools.
The Principal’s decision was supported by Kike Noel, the principal of Berea High School. In a statement, Noel mentioned that
‘[Lavely] was protecting the greatest symbol of our nation, the American flag. His decision was based on the premise that the American flag should not be used in a disrespectful or unsportsmanlike manner. He made the right decision.’
Alivia Waynick, a senior at Travelers Rest, posted a video saying that she was also asked to put her flag away “because it could offend someone”, but she had no idea that the flags were used as mockery tool.
‘I did not bring my flag for taunting or for disrespect to anyone at Berea or anyone that was there,’ Waynick said.
Whether students at Travelers Rest used the American flag to mock other students from a rival school or not, it is unfortunate that school officials, who claim that they are not against the American Flag, but want to prohibit its inappropriate use, decide to prohibit its display instead of finding another way to deal with this issue.
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