Video: Texas middle schoolers suspended for posing with Confederate battle flag

flagOn Thursday, EAG News reported that a group of seven middle school students in Round Rock, Texas, were suspended over a picture in which they posed with a Confederate battle flag.

The picture was discovered when an assistant principal searched through a student’s phone.

Complicating matters even further is the fact that one of the students recently received homework assignments with pictures of the flag.

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Ironically, parent Andy Birdwell told Fox 7 his 14-year-old son is one of seven students suspended at Round Rock Ridgeview Middle School for two days for posing in a picture of the Confederate flag in the school bathroom – a picture that was discovered by an assistant principal who was searching through a student’s phone.

“I called up there yesterday asking for a copy of the disciplinary action and his statement was to me that the boys were holding up a Confederate flag and that is a sign of slavery,” Birdwell said, adding that his son has received homework assignments with the alleged symbol of slavery in the past.

“It was kind of tough for me to explain why he’s getting assignments from school with a Confederate flag on it, yet he can’t hold one,” Birdwell said.

Apparently, the assistant principal is unfamiliar with the real history of the flag, opting instead to accept the modern, false, politically-correct story.

There’s more.  The father confronted his son about the picture:

Birdwell said his son did not intend to offend anyone by posing with the Confederate flag with his buddies, but was punished by the district nonetheless.

“When I asked my son, ‘Exactly why would you take a picture? What transpired for you to want to do this and take a picture?’ and he just said, ‘Dad, I really like the colors,’” Bidwell said.

“We immediately told him, ‘In today’s times, you need to be really careful what others think.’ And that the Confederate flag could be considered a negative, due to the south, you know, did fight for slavery,” he said.

While it’s good to be considerate of others, this over-reaction to a piece of American history is the result of left-wing political correctness — think as we do or we’ll silence you.

Birdwell is appealing the punishment and may seek legal action and/or remove him from the public school.

Here’s a video report of the incident, courtesy of Fox7 Ausin:



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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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