Officials at one York County high school have had a change of heart about not allowing a student to display his American flag on the bed of his truck after dozens of students, community members held a peaceful protest.
The controversy started Wednesday when Peyton Robinson said a school administrator at York Comprehensive High School had a problem with the display when he arrived at school Wednesday morning.
Robinson, 18, has displayed the United States flag along with POW-MIA flags on the bed of his truck.
That administrator called him outside and by the time he got to his truck, the flags were already down, he said.
"It just kind of upset me and aggravated me," Robinson said.
At the end of the day, officials announced to everyone that the flags were a safety concern.
On Thursday, school officials released a statement saying they will allow the American flag to fly as long as it doesn't create a driving hazard.
"Due [sic] to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy," the statement read. "School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard."
Community, classmates unite to show support for flying American flags
On Thursday morning, WSOC-TV was with students and community members as they rallied to show support for Robinson, waving American flags along Highway 5. More than 70 vehicles waving flags paraded down the highway into the school parking lot as well.
The principal, Christopher Black, told WSOC-TV that he would be asking all of those students to remove their flags once they arrived at the school, saying the policy is in place for safety reasons.