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article imageArizona teen says Confederate flag on his truck led to hate crime

By Eric Morales     Nov 23, 2013 in Politics
Goodyear - An 11th grader at Millennium High School in Arizona says school officials are violating his rights by banning him from school.
17-year-old Jacob Green was suspended from an Arizona school following a fight with another student over the Confederate flag, the junior who attends Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona now says he is the victim of a hate crime and his family is considering taking legal action.
The Arizona teenager insists he did nothing wrong in displaying a Confederate flag from his truck, further the high school junior says he was simply defending himself when another student attacked him.
"I've done nothing wrong," Green told the local Fox station. "I've flown a flag on my truck. Somebody fought me because of it. I didn't fight him." Jacob Green told Fox News.
The Confederate States of America used the Confederate flag as a national flag following the South's succession from the Union. Today, the flag is seen by many as a simple of slavery, racism and a hateful past that many have not forgotten.
However to Jacob Green the Confederate flag isn't a sign of racism, but a symbol of southern pride, conservative values, and freedom. After researching the flag the 11th grader decided to fly it from his truck back in May.
"The flag means basically more independence, less government. It didn't mean racism, it didn't mean slavery, it didn't mean any of that. It basically meant what they were fighting for was their right to be independent and not have the government control them." Green says.
The Agua Fria Unified School District has banned Jacob Green from displaying the flag anymore on his truck, and following his five day suspension for fighting the 11th grader won't be allowed back on school property until the flag is removed.
"Open display, bringing it in, has been proven to be patently offensive to certain groups and the courts recognize that," said Agua Fria Unified School District Superintendent Dennis Runyan.
Jacob Green has refused to remove the Confederate flag from his truck saying it violates his civil rights, while saying the fight with the other student over the flag was a hate crime.
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