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Rebel sticker creates controversy at Hays High School

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A car sticker that shows a rebel flag is stirring trouble at Hays High School, home of the Rebels.

The sticker which reads Rebel cheerleader is what Misty Meyers says landed her daughter in trouble with one of the Assistant Principals at Hays High School. She says Wednesday her daughter M'Kayla was told she had to remove the sticker from her car, bring another car to school or not bring a car at all.

"I was shocked honestly to hear that the conversation had taken place," said Meyers.

She was even more shocked to see what the school had done to her daughter's car the day after in the school parking lot. A boot had been put on the car's tire and a bright yellow sticker on the window explaining the Rebel sticker was the reason.

"I don't feel like it is the school's right to tell us what we can have on our personal cars," said Meyers.

The district says they do have the right and it has to do with the sticker showing the Confederate flag.

In a statement the district says board policy allows school authorities to put in place provisions to prohibit certain expression if that expression will materially and substantially interfere with the operation of the school or the rights of others.

The statement goes on to say that given the history of the Confederate flag.

"It has been the decision of school leadership and the practice at Hays High School since 2009, not to allow the display of the confederate flag."

Meyers doesn't agree.

"I think there are things that might offend people in every walk of life but it's still freedom of speech," said Meyers. "I feel like it's a violation of her personal rights this is her car, we paid for the vehicle and the parking spot."

Meyers says the policy is too vague and doesn't specify why her daughter is breaking any rules.

The district says they are working on clarification on the student code of conduct to be specific about the display or use of the Confederate flag.

In the meantime the district says it is still prohibited on campus.

Misty Meyers had a meeting with the Hays High School Principal Friday on this issue. Neither of them is backing down and the student's car will not be allowed on campus.


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