'Origins with Slavery': Watch Student Get Booted for Patriotic Flag Patch

August 29, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A Colorado school has booted a 12-year-old boy from class for having a patriotic flag patch on his backpack, charging that such emblems are not allowed around other children.

The mother of Jaiden Rodriguez, stunned that the school is exhibiting such viewpoint censorship and absolute intolerance for the Gadsden Flag, which stems from the Revolutionary War, accused the school of "one-sided" censorship.

report from Fox News notes the situation developed at the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs.

A staff member at the school claimed the flag is "disruptive to the classroom environment," because, she claimed inaccurately, it has "origins with slavery."

Jaiden's mother then corrects her, pointing out that it originated during the American Revolution as a symbol of the 13 colonies fight against Britain, and had nothing to do with slavery.

The report explained the video shows the school staffer stating, "So the reason that they do not want the flag – the reason we do not want the flag displayed – is due to its origins with slavery, and slave trade."

The mother, surprised, said, "The Gadsden Flag?"

Yes, the school official indicated: "The ‘Don’t Tread on Me.’"

The school official was demanding in that, "The bag can’t go back [to class] if it’s got the patch on it, cause we can’t have that in and around other kids."

When Jaiden's mother pointed out the actual history of the flag, and suggested the school official was making a mistake, referencing the Confederate flag, the school official backtracked, and then claimed it was a district policy.

"I am here to enforce the policy that was provided by the district and definitely, you have every right not to agree with it."

The mother and her son then challenged the school over the fact other patches, with other political viewpoints, were not being censored.

After the confrontation, the report said, Libertas Institute President Connor Boyack obtained images of the email correspondence between school director Jeff Yocum and Jaiden’s mother.

Yocum also claimed the flag's connection to slavery, citing "reports from mainstream news outlets which linked the Gadsden Flag to racism because it was created by a slaveowner and associated with other displays of intolerance."

His evidence was that claim was made by a graphic designer in Iowa, and in a Washington Post article that documented a Postal Service employee's allegation a coworker with a Gadsden Flag hat was racial discrimination.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a far-left activist for LGBTQ ideology and abortion, joined the conversation to defend the student, admitting the flag "is a proud symbol of the American revolution."

"The Gadsden flag is a proud symbol of the American Revolution and an iconic warning to Britain or any government not to violate the liberties of Americans," Polis wrote Tuesday. "It appears on popular American medallions and challenge coins through today and Ben Franklin also adopted it to symbolize the union of the 13 colonies."

"It's a great teaching moment for a history lesson!" Polis added.

And a commentary on Twitchy cited the school's action and said, "No, we're not making that up and yes, this school is really really really stupid."

But it pointed that Polis didn't actually do anything to resolve the issue.

"God forbid he actually DO something," the commentary said. "We all know he doesn't want to tick off the teacher's union/association."

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