Middle Schooler Forced to Remove American Flag From Bike by School Officials

School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike

Elissa Harrington|FOX40 News

DENAIR – 13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He’s had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was asked told to take it down.

A school official at Denair Middle School told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property. “In this country we’re supposed to be free,” said Cody. “And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And they’re telling me I can’t.” Cody’s grandfather says the school was concerned about racial tensions or uprisings because of the flag.

He feels if there was really a problem it should have been brought up two months ago, not during Veterans week. “No action should be taken. We don’t want any repercussion,” said Roger. “We just want Cody to be proud of what he’s doing.”