(TargetLiberty.org) – The superintendent of an Ohio school district has banned students from displaying the “thin blue line” flag on school premises, claiming it’s “not acceptable in a school community.” The ban was sparked when a student at Chardon High School in Geauga County, carried one onto the sports field in honor of his football coach. The coach is also a local police officer – so the respectful gesture was immediately hijacked by local left-wing activists.
In a statement defending the ban, Superintendent Michael Hanlon Jr. of Chardon Local Schools claimed displaying the flag “could be interpreted as a racially-motivated action” – but, in the same statement, admitted there was no evidence racism motivated the incident.
Chardon school district isn’t the first place to ban the flag, though. Last year, Montgomery County, MD, also did, with county officials insisting it couldn’t be displayed anywhere in the county’s police department. That ban was provoked when a young boy made a flag for his local police precinct and local activists complained.
Geauga County commissioner calls for Chardon school superintendent's resignation due to ban of thin blue line flag https://t.co/3PyDm4SrWM
— WKYC 3News (@wkyc) September 1, 2020
Reacting to the Chardon school ban, Geauga County Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri told Superintendent Hanlon “Your letter sickens me” and demanded his resignation.
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