An Indiana high school that demanded that a teen remove the U.S. flag flying from his truck in the school parking lot never expected to see what happened next.

The administration of East Central High School warned senior Cameron Blasek to take his flag off his truck or risk being banned from parking the vehicle in the school parking lot.

Blasek told the media that his school counselor told him to remove it. But he refused.

“The flag itself represents this country, this beautiful country that we live in,” Blasek told WCPO-TV. “It also represents the people who fought their lives for it. And I think that’s a really hard thing to talk about, but I think it’s a big thing.”

“I said, ‘no, that’s not going to happen. I can’t,'” Blasek added.

In fact, Blasek says that the school doesn’t even mention any ban on U.S. flags in its student handbook.

“I read through the Essentials 2023-2024 Handbook, and the word ‘flag’ wasn’t even mentioned in the parking lot or driving section. The only section it’s mentioned in is the flag-twirling section,” the teenager explained.

But when new got out that the school was trying to intimidate Blasek into removing his flag, the boy’s fellow students took action.

The next day, dozens of cars showed up sporting American flags.

The school soon changed its mind.

“I am pleased to inform you that we are allowing the display of the U.S. flag by students in the parking lot,” principal Tom Black told parents in a letter.

Black added that “no high school staff member or administrators stated or insinuated that the U.S. Flag was offensive, nor has there ever been a complaint received about the U.S. Flag.”

“The rule was never about the US Flag, and it was regarding all flags on vehicles,” Black insisted. “This is due to potential safety issues with visibility and 500-600 teenage drivers leaving at the same time during dismissal, as well as concerns that flags that are not appropriate for school will be displayed.”

“We regret and are sorry for the confusion and are working diligently to clarify the issue with our community,” Black concluded.

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