Indiana high school student speaks out after going viral for refusing to remove US flag from his truck

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East Central High School senior Cameron Blasek, a student in Indiana, is speaking out after he said he was told to remove his American flag from his truck.

"The flag itself represents this country, this beautiful country that we live in," Blasek said in an interview with WCPO. "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."

Blasek said that he was told by his counselor and vice principal to remove the American flag from his truck, which he refused to do.

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

The flag "abides by U. S. flag code," WCPO reported.

Blasek said that he read through his school handbook and determined that there were no rules preventing him from displaying a flag on his vehicle.

"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," he explained.

Others came displaying American flags on their vehicles soon after that.

"There was a huge support group there that believed and stood for the same thing that I did and I was kind of shocked by that," Blasek told WCPO.

A post about Blasek's story online has gone viral, gaining over 6 million total views on X alone.

On Friday, principal Tom Black sent a message to parents to respond to the American flag controversy.

"I am pleased to inform you that we are allowing the display of the U. S. flag by students in the parking lot," the letter reads, per WCPO.

Black also told the outlet 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."... (Read more)