A high school student in Pittsburgh had his parking permit revoked following controversy over his car’s Confederate flag license plates, according to 14 News.
14 News on Monday reported that Randy Roscoe Jr. says that the tags were ripped off his truck at Brashear High School last Thursday.
“I feel my First Amendment right is being taken away from me,” he said of the school district’s response to the plates.
“I’m not allowed to park my own vehicle at school over license plates on my truck, and I’m just trying to come to school every day and just be left alone,” Roscoe added.
Some news outlets on Monday shared images of Roscoe’s two Confederate-themed license plates on Twitter.
Roscoe said the school’s decision last week came one day after father defended the license plates.
Randy Roscoe Sr. said his son now runs the risk of getting his car towed should he park his car on his school’s property without a permit.
“To them, it means they’re country hicks, or they’re into fishing and hunting and listening to country music,” he said.
Randy Roscoe Jr.’s school district on Monday said it had not violated the student’s First Amendment Rights by revoking his parking permit.
“Requesting that a student remove Confederate flag vanity plates after they caused a substantial disruption and as a condition of maintaining a student parking permit does not violate a student’s free speech rights,” spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said in a statement.