Student Suspended for Wearing American Flag T-Shirt

Jaegur is not one to try to break the rules. He has hopes of joining the military, and is currently active in his Texas school’s ROTC program.

He was wearing a gray hoodie at school one day, but when a school official instructed him to lift up the hoodie revealing his white t-shirt with the American flag on it, he was given in-school suspension. According to the official, the American flag shirt violated the school’s dress code.

Even though Seagoville High School doesn’t have uniforms, they do require that students wear solid color shirts. They make exceptions for shirts with school or college logos and shirts showing support for the military. FOX 4 reported:

“Why doesn’t [the shirt Jaegur wore] count?” FOX 4’s Diana Zoga said.

“I have no idea,” said Shelly [Jaegur’s mom]. “I would like that answer.”

Shelly, who works the nightshift at a hospital, lost sleep driving to Jaegur’s school, only to have the assistant principal stand by the punishment. 

“If he was breaking the rules, he would be punished and he would have to honor whatever they give him, but he wasn’t, and I have to stand by him for that,” said Shelly.

So, Shelly requested an explanation in writing, and FOX 4 started asking the district questions.

While FOX 4 was with Shelly on Tuesday, she received a call from the principal, who apologized for all the trouble and confirmed that yes, the American flag can be worn in school. 

“The fact that acknowledging it is huge, and the fact that they’re willing to stand by and see mistakes and grow from them, that means a lot,” said Shelly.

Seagoville High is in the Dallas Independent School District. It confirms that flags can be displayed on clothing.

The school’s principal said he was off campus on Monday when the incident happened.

He also explained to Shelly that the in-school suspension time doesn’t go onto a student’s disciplinary record. 

If the hoodie was fine, then why would the official care what was under it? You couldn’t see his evil American flag shirt. And even if you could, if they allow military-friendly shirts, why not American flag-friendly shirts?

At least it wasn’t the principal who suspended Jaegur. It was someone else, who obviously didn’t know anything.