North Bend High School’s vice principal Jake Smith told the World Link wearing an article of clothing with a symbol of the Confederacy could be seen as an attempt to intimidate, “and the threat if you wear that hat I’ll beat you up could be too.”
School authorities said a female student came to school wearing a hat with a Confederate flag on it, which led to a physical altercation with another female student.
Superintendent Bill Yester said, “If it is a disruption, we can ban it. We believe that everybody is equal and anything that interrupts education, a Confederate flag or something else, just can’t be at the school.”
A press release explained the ban isn’t a violation of free expression because school officials have the legal authority to “maintain an environment free of harassment.
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