Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Bellair responds after a student claimed American flags were confiscated at Whitesboro High School during 'Spirit Week,' sending out a message to the community.

Dear School Community:

Today, some of our high school students brought flags to school on flagpoles that ranged in length from two to six feet. Other students wore flags tied around their necks or as emblems on articles of clothing.

The American flag is not banned at Whitesboro High School. However, 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.

Students were allowed to wear shirts and other clothing permitted by the code of conduct with the American flag or other American patriotic content portrayed on the apparel. No student received any disciplinary consequence for bringing a flag to school or wearing patriotic clothing.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian K. Bellair
Superintendent of Schools

The word 'banned' was never used, not by the student who made the claims or in our original story. The word used was 'confiscated.'