- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas high school student who had been displaying a Confederate flag on the vehicle he drove to school has been told he can no longer show the flag on school property, according to school officials.

Free State High School decided not to allow the student to bring the flag to school, district spokeswoman Julie Boyle told The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1WRykth) in an email Thursday.

“It was disrupting the learning environment, so Free State High administration asked the student not to bring the flag back on campus,” Boyle said. She said the student was not disciplined further.

While the district doesn’t have a policy regarding the Confederate flag, the high school’s student handbook has a policy that states its commitment to providing a discrimination-free learning experience.

Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll said the school’s administration considered the student’s free speech rights before making the decision.

He also said that the incident would be used to discuss issues surrounding race with students at the school.

“School staff see this issue as an educational opportunity for students and fully understand the school’s obligation to respect students’ free speech rights and protect students from racial discrimination and harassment, as the Confederate flag may be associated with racism, slavery and violence against African-Americans,” Doll said in an email.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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