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Should Students Be Allowed to Wear a Confederate Flag to School?

Some view the flag as a symbol of southern heritage, while others see it as racist.

A mother said her daughter received a one-day suspension for wearing a confederate flag sweatshirt to Kreps Middle School, according to a report in The Trenton Times

School officials would not comment on this student’s case Monday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey said they are not taking position on the specific case, but said students have the right to express themselves.

“The Constitution protects the rights of students to express themselves. Students cannot be disciplined just for wearing their ideas on their shirt,” said Katie Wang, spokeswoman for ACLU of New Jersey. 

The issue is one that has surfaced elsewhere around the U.S. and even made its way into the federal courts.

Earlier this year, a federal court upheld a Tennessee school's rule barring students from wearing or displaying Confederate flags in school. 

There's a thorough analysis of how courts have handled the issue, here.

But how far can school officials go? In Virginia, a school bus driver has been told he will lose his job unless he loses the Confederate flag decal on his pickup truck.

And University of Virginia law school students got into some trouble when a photo appeared of a party with a Confederate flag-themed beer pong table.

What do you think? Should the display of the Confederate flag be barred in East Windsor schools? Tell us in the comments. 

whatever41 November 17, 2011 at 02:25 PM
See CBS NEWS .COM,,, also a report in The Trenton Times.
whatever41 November 17, 2011 at 05:00 PM
This entire mess has consumed enough of my time and everyones. I believe this nut case & her pathetic offspring "should" go to VA. where they'll both be more comfortable with their ancestors & their heritage. Goodbye, good luck, get lost. Happy Holidays
Tyler December 04, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Its freedom of speech i wear my Confederate buckle to school every day and dam well proud of it. All u people who thinks its racist well why wen African americans wear t shirts that say black power its all good but god for bid if i wore a shirt or a hat that said white power i would be called a big racist anyone wont to awnser that for me because is it bad to be proud of being white then this an't my AMERICA (somonerrspond
whatever41 December 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Goodbye, good luck, get lost. Happy Holidays,,, and please take another class in english.
Joe R December 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Excuse me, but when did the Confederate battle flag become the flag of the US? When did we start pledging allegiance to the flag of the Confederate States of America? The CSA stood for slavery (slavery was written into the CSA constitution) and injustice, nothing to be proud of.

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