Family Takes Son Out Of School When He Is Told To Remove American Flags From Truck


The family has chosen to take their son out of school after he was told to remove the American flag from his truck.

Virginia student Christopher Hartless feels that displaying the American flag on his vehicle falls under his First Amendment rights, a belief he is passionate about defending.

He contests the school's claim that the flags are a distraction, particularly given that the school itself prominently displays a large American flag.


In a conversation with WSET-TV, an ABC affiliate, Christopher stated: "My family fought for America and I feel like I should be able to represent the flag that they fought for."

Backing Christopher's viewpoint, his stepmother, Christina Kingery, voiced her perplexity over the school's inconsistent stance.

"If this is what he believes in, me and his dad are both going to stand behind him all the way to the end of it," she said.


"If they're willing to change and let kids want to fly the American flag, then I'll put him back in Staunton River… possibly put him back in Staunton River, but if they don't, then I'm going to continue to let him fly his flags."

Given the circumstances, the family has opted to homeschool Christopher after his parking permit was canceled because of the flag display.

She shared: "I think that every student doesn't matter what you believe in, what flag you fly, as long as it's not harmful and it doesn't disgrace our country, you have the right to fly it."


In response to the situation, Staunton River High School released a statement to clarify their stance.


It read: "Flag clarification: Last week, we conducted a standard review of the Student Code of Conduct."

"Unfortunately, there has been some incorrect information posted on several social media websites, so I would like to provide clarification about the American flag on student attire, safety provisions in our student parking contract, and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance."

"The BCPS Code of Student Conduct prohibits 'Attire that has language or images that are offensive, profane, vulgar, discriminatory, or racially/culturally divisive."


"This would include confederate flags, swastikas, KKK references, or any other images that might reasonably be considered hurtful or intimidating to others'."

"It does not include wearing clothing with American flag logos or prints on attire."

"This attire is allowed. Regarding flags on cars, the student parking contract, which has been used by all 3 of our high schools for many years, states, 'Large flags or banners are not allowed to be flown or displayed on vehicles due to their distractive nature'," the statement continued.


"School Board Policy IEA: Promotion of Patriotism states, 'the current American flag shall be displayed on the grounds of every school,' and the Pledge of Allegiance 'shall be recited daily, each morning, in every classroom' in accordance with state law."

"Please be assured that we proudly fly the American flag throughout the school, and the Pledge of Allegiance is recited every morning."


"Unfortunately, some of the speakers in our intercom system, which was upgraded over the summer, were not functioning properly on the first day of school."

"This was immediately reported and has been corrected."