A conservative group at a Catholic high school in California was informed by administrators that their promotional video could not include the Gadsden flag, after the director of student activities told them the flag could be considered “racial harassment.”
According to an email obtained exclusively by Young America’s Foundation, Chris Walter, Loyola High School’s Director of Student Activities, told a conservative student “you will have to remove the Don’t Tread on me image,” erroneously citing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case.
Walter claims that the EEOC ruled that displaying the Gadsden flag in the workplace “could be considered racial harassment, depending on the circumstances.” This is blatantly false.
The EEOC case he is citing clearly states that “it would have been premature and inappropriate for EEOC to determine, one way or the other, the merits of the U.S. Postal Service’s argument that the Gadsden Flag and its slogan do not have any racial connotations whatsoever,” and that “EEOC’s decision simply ordered the agency – the U.S. Postal Service – to investigate the allegations. EEOC’s decision made no factual or legal determination on whether discrimination actually occurred.”
YAF reached out to Loyola High School but did not receive a response in time for publication.
The student who reported this incident to YAF’s Campus Bias Tip Line spoke with YAF on the condition of anonymity.
“This is just a small example of the different struggles conservative students go through while in school,” the student told YAF. “Students should have the freedom to express their beliefs and values in a school environment without having to fear the repercussion that can arise.”
This administrator is using bullying tactics to silence speech with which he disagrees–trying to intimidate young conservatives into believing a lie. We must not be afraid to call out the Left’s misinformation and attempts to censor conservative ideas.
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