Mom and 12-yr-old son fight back when school orders student to remove Gadsden flag over…‘SLAVERY’?!

A public school’s attempt to associate a historic flag with “slavery and the slave trade” was exposed after a based 12-year-old was pulled from class for refusing to remove it.

Viral video spread Tuesday of seventh-grader Jaiden in Colorado Springs, Colorado in a conference with a school representative and his mother, Ms. Rodriguez, arguing over the boy’s right to display the Gadsden flag on his backpack.

Shared by Connor Boyack, author of “The Tuttle Twins” series, reportedly an inspiration for the boy’s bold stand, the more than three-minute-long video featured the uninformed official for The Vanguard School attempting to argue that the iconic rattlesnake on a yellow background was inappropriate “due to its origins with slavery and the slave trade.”

She even appeared to attempt to correct the mother who sought to confirm the patch in question was the Gadsden flag by calling it the “Don’t Tread On Me.”

“Which is the Gadsden flag,” the mother explained, earning a dismissive “Okay” from the official evidently uninterested in facts.

Further along in the exchange as the adults sparred over school policy and the actual meaning of the flag, the mother pointed out that even the American Civil Liberties Union had vouched for what the historic standard represented.

In one case, the ACLU of Arizona had defended a homeowner’s right to display the flag on their property and stated “The Gadsden flag…has been used by the US Marine Corps since 1775, and has long symbolized the spirit of the American Revolution. Its use by the Marines continues to this day and it is officially displayed at military bases, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Selective enforcement was also put on blast as Jaiden pointed out, “Other kids have patches…” earning daggers from the official as she glanced in his direction. Ultimately, the dispute was bumped up through the bureaucracy to the director of operations, Jeff Yocum.

In email messages sent to Rodriguez, the director cited an EEOC case but contradicted the findings that admitted the flag “originated in the Revolutionary War in a non-racial context” and instead opted to adopt the Nikole Hannah-Jones philosophy of history wherein modern interpretations superseded facts.

“However, whatever the historic origins and meaning of the symbol, it also has since been sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages,” argued Yocum.

As it happened, such was the same logic applied in an internal FBI memo reported last year that listed the Gadsden flag alongside the Betsy Ross flag, the Liberty Tree and any other Revolutionary War imagery as potential signs of “domestic terrorism.”

Boyack went on to share a screenshot that asserted the alleged policy violation committed by Jaiden had to do with “Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, or pictures that: … Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons.

It was also noted that the student asked his mother to take him to a local news station to report his side of the story and was declined an interview.

Social media users were more than happy to help spread the word for the young patriot.


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