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Students Will Be Kicked Out of School for Bringing This on Campus (It’s Not What You Think)

In the latest example of political correctness run amok, this Tennessee school actually banned students from bringing in an American flag.

The Blaze reports:

A Tennessee school district has banned students from bringing American flags to campus because it doesn’t want to take a chance on students bringing any flags that could be seen as offensive by others. If students violate the flag ban, they’ll be kicked out of school, students told WHBQ-TV.

The Dickson County School District’s decision came after a summer of heated debate over the Confederate flag and its removal from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse, after authorities say a white supremacist went on a shooting rampage at a historically black church in Charleston. The controversial banner was also removed from the Alabama state Capitol grounds.

The American flag just outside the entrance to the district’s schools will stay, but students who wish to express themselves more personally won’t be able to.

Besides being a clear violation of free speech, it’s not clear what lesson young children are supposed to learn from this flag ban.

The path to tolerance can’t be paved with censorship, in fact it requires the opposite. Progress can only be achieved through free and open dialogue. If the school wants to sincerely address the issue of intolerance, they should hold a student panel to debate the controversy, or invite guest speakers into the school to discuss their experiences in the Civil Rights movement and what symbolic speech means to them.

The only lesson these kids are going to take away from the flag ban is that if a discussion makes you uncomfortable, run away from it. Once again, the Speech Police is actually hurting progress rather than helping it.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review and is a TV and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for, The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax magazine. Dr. Borelli is also a regular political panelist on NewsmaxTV and i24 News he also co-hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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