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High Schooler Wins Right to Fly Giant American Flag on His Truck

A high school senior in South Carolina has won the right to fly a huge American flag on his truck after his school had told him to remove it before coming to school. Eighteen-year-old Peyton Robinson managed to defeat school administrators after an outpouring of support and patriotism from his classmates, neighbors, and America-lovers across the country.

Robinson told reporters administrators said somebody had complained that his flag display was offensive. "He said, ‘We're having some issues. Some people were complaining about the flags in your truck,’" he told WBTV. "I’d understand if it was the Confederate flag or something that might offend somebody. I wouldn't do that."

"But an American flag—that’s our country’s flag," Robinson told the station. "I have every right to do it. I don't see a safety issue."

That's why he chose to fight back against the administration. His story spread through social media, and the next day a group of protestors, including a number of veterans, sporting Old Glory showed up at the school and made their feelings known. That's when the school changed their mind.

"Due to the outstanding display of patriotism through peaceful demonstration, it is apparent to us that many are not happy about this policy," a statement from the school said. "School officials have reviewed the standing policy regarding flags and have decided that an exception will be made for the American flag, as long as the size of the flag(s) does not create a driving hazard."