Is the Confederate flag constitutionally protected? Not at this high school. – CSMonitor.com

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The principal of Bloomington High School North said the flag is too disruptive a symbol to have a place on campus.

Ben Rosen, Staff

Indiana high school students that wore Confederate flags as capes to class last week have renewed a debate over the extent to which the speech of public school students is protected by the First Amendment.

The principal of Bloomington High School North, about an hour from Indianapolis, says that the flag has no place at school. In an email to parents Wednesday, Jeffrey Henderson wrote his administration has banned the flag because it has created a disruptive, divisive environment on campus.

“As an educational institution, one of the things we focus on is teaching tolerance for opposing points of view and civil discourse surrounding controversial issues. Balancing the First Amendment rights of all individuals in a democracy can be a challenging task. Doing that with teenagers can prove to be even more challenging,” writes Mr. Henderson, in the email provided by Indiana Public Media. “This issue has evolved into one that has created a substantial disruption to the educational environment.”…

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