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January 1, 12-Year-Old Patriot Kicked Out of Class Over “Don’t Tread on Me” Flag [Video]



In a recent turn of events, a middle school in Colorado had to backtrack on its decision to bar a student from displaying the iconic Gadsden flag – commonly known with the emblem “Don’t Tread on Me” – on his backpack.

The flag, which has historical significance dating back to the American Revolution, became the center of a heated debate when the Vanguard School in Colorado Springs raised objections against one of its students, 12-year-old Jaiden, for proudly showing it.

Understanding the Symbol: The Gadsden flag, often recognized by its coiled rattlesnake design and the defiant “Don’t Tread on Me” motto, originated in the Revolutionary War era.

Contrary to certain misconceptions, it serves as a symbol of American independence and resistance against tyranny, rather than a nod to more controversial issues.

The Controversy: The incident caught the public eye when a video circulated showing school administrators chastising Jaiden over his backpack flag patch.

School representatives argued that the flag had ties to “slavery and the slave trade.”

Furthermore, in their communications with Jaiden’s mother, they drew connections between the Gadsden flag and “hate groups,” the Confederate flag, and even “white supremacy groups.”

The school later attempted to clarify its stance, noting that the Gadsden flag patch was among other patches depicting semi-automatic weapons.

While the school did recognize Jaiden’s compliance in removing these firearm-related patches, they remained ambiguous about their insistence on the removal of the Gadsden flag, especially since it does not infringe upon the school’s dress code.

Resolution and Acknowledgment: Given the mounting pressure and scrutiny, the Vanguard School board of directors convened an emergency meeting. In a subsequent email to parents, which was shared with TheBlaze, the board expressed:

“From Vanguard’s inception, we have staunchly backed our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the structured freedom that every American has cherished for nearly two and a half centuries. The Vanguard School acknowledges the Gadsden flag’s pivotal role in history. This incident has reminded us to once again underline our unwavering commitment to classical education, which aligns with these foundational American values.”

As a result, Jaiden can now proudly display his Gadsden flag patch on his backpack. His mother, Eden Rodriguez, applauded her son’s resilience, expressing her pride in his decision to “stand up for his rights.”

This incident serves as a poignant reminder that understanding and preserving historical symbols, especially those embedded in the fabric of American history, is vital.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.





    September 5, 2023 at 7:18 pm


  2. Marly Dragoo

    September 6, 2023 at 12:21 am

    The school call more negative attention ,just by bothering the child ,this are so difficult time for kids that anything like this could be avoided .
    Let the kids be kids PLEASE


    September 6, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Way to go Jaiden, You are the MAN. All the best to you & yours, ULTRA-MAGA MIKE

  4. Kenneth D

    September 6, 2023 at 3:48 am

    The school Administrators do not know their History , Shame on them !!

  5. Bob runyon

    September 6, 2023 at 10:03 am

    The ones that are opposed to historical emblems like that are the ones that are causing the problems in this country

  6. Nate

    September 6, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    SUE! Lawsuit, lawsuit, lawsuit! Your Constitutional Rights were violated! Win your lawsuit and buy the school, then teach children writing, reading, arithmatic, HISTORY, speak English well, all the things schools are supposed to do except politics!

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