NH school confiscates flag from boy, citing safety

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 2:04 PM
NH school confiscates flag from boy, citing safety

A New Hampshire woman is upset that middle school officials confiscated her autistic son's American flag because the rod it was attached to was deemed a safety hazard.

Theresa Stevens, of Dover, says her 12-year-old son, Shawn, brought the small flag to school to show friends. He had received it as a gift from a family friend whose son is in Afghanistan.

Stevens says a school official called Wednesday to say that school workers were concerned that the rod's pointed end could have been dangerous.

Dover Middle school Co-Principal Kimberly Lyndes tells Fosters Daily Democrat ( http://bit.ly/pohJP0) it wasn't about discipline or patriotism, but about safety.

Stevens says she wants her son to know he did nothing wrong. She says students routinely carry around sharp-tipped items, such as compasses and pencils.

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Information from: Foster's Daily Democrat, http://www.fosters.com