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Suspended for Confederate Flag on His Truck, NJ Student Defends Rights

By Alexandra Ward   |  

A New Jersey high school student suspended for displaying a Confederate flag on his pickup truck in the school parking lot isn't backing down and has sparked a sympathetic rebellion among fellow students.

And now the American Civil Liberties Union has waded into the controversy.

Gregory Vied, a 17-year-old student at Steinert High School in Hamilton, N.J., told News 12 New Jersey that he was suspended Tuesday after repeatedly refusing to remove the flag from his pickup truck.

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"Them trying to make me take it down is unconstitutional," he told the news channel.

Vied claims the Confederate flag is simply a representation of his southern pride but school administrators insist they've received complaints from people who see it as a symbol of hate. He was slapped with a three-day suspension Tuesday.

Now, the ACLU has intervened and sent a letter to the principal of Steinert High School.

"As the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear, students' rights don't end at the school house gates," ACLU Legal Director Ed Barocas told News 12. "It also doesn't end in the school parking lot."

In response, the school cut Vied's suspension to one day, but the controversy is far from over – many of Vied's classmates and friends are now displaying Confederate flags in a showing of solidarity, though no other suspensions have been handed out.

"I just want [the principal] not to do this to anybody else," Vied said. "Because you can't just trample on somebody's First Amendment rights, or any of their rights."

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