A 12-year-old student from Colorado found himself at the center of a controversy when he was expelled from his classroom for displaying the ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag on his backpack. The incident took an unexpected turn as his teacher asserted that the flag was associated with slavery, a claim that the student promptly corrected.
Interestingly, the video footage of the incident revealed a remarkable twist: the student seemed to possess a more comprehensive understanding of history than his own left-leaning teacher. He adeptly corrected her when she erroneously linked the flag to pro-slavery sentiments, showcasing his knowledge about the flag’s true historical context.
The ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, also known as the Gadsden flag, traces its origins back to the American Revolution. It emerged as a symbol of the United States’ fight for independence against Great Britain. In the modern era, the flag remains a potent emblem for Libertarians and signifies opposition to oppressive governance.
Importantly, it is vital to clarify that the Gadsden flag has no connections whatsoever to pro-slavery ideologies.
Remarkably, the flag’s modern significance aligns with the concept of resistance against authoritarian rule. This parallel drew attention to the teacher’s actions in the video, as she appeared to be targeting a 12-year-old student for displaying a symbol that could be loosely associated with right-wing viewpoints.
This contrast was accentuated by the student and his mother, who pointed out that typically other left-wing symbols are not censored.
This could go as far as allowing Black Lives Matter or the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag patches, however, a historic flag such as the Gadsden flag would be censored, in favor of a rainbow flag.
NEW: 12-year old Colorado student smirks after getting kicked out of class for wearing the ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag on his backpack, teacher falsely claims the flag is linked to slavery.
This kid knows more about history than the teacher 😂
“So they're the reason that they do… pic.twitter.com/owTJX7LmYi
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) August 29, 2023