Freshman Displays Flag On Notebook

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. — A Battle Ground teenager was suspended from school after displaying a Confederate flag on her notebook.

Freshman Tuesday Boyd says the flag is free speech — not grounds for suspension.

"’Well, then I will just suspend you.’ And I said, ‘Fine, then suspend me. It’s my right to have it on there and there is no reason for you to.’ And she put on the suspension note it was for defiance. But there was no reason for me to have to defy her — she was violating my rights," Boyd told KOIN 6 News.

School policy prohibits students from wearing anything disruptive. Boyd says she will gladly remove the flag if other students find it offensive. So far, she says, only teachers have complained.

Posted: May 20, 2004