Eau Claire (WQOW) – A Boyceville High School student is back in school, after being suspended for sporting a Confederate flag sweatshirt.
Last week, sophomore Jonathan Dinsmore wore the sweatshirt for the school’s homecoming celebrations. He said multiple students wore Confederate flag clothing for a red, white and blue themed day. Those students were asked to take them off. Dinsmore said he was the only student who said no, because he believes the flag stands for fallen heroes. He also wears the sweatshirt for his families roots in the South.
But because Dinsmore said no, the principal suspended him.
“I just hope that I can reason with him, because I feel like I’m getting singled out, because kids will wear Confederate flag belts and stuff like that, and they don’t get in trouble,” said Dinsmore. “Or there will be a Confederate flag on the back of their shirt or something like that. I mean, it’s not big, but it’s still on there. And I get single out, because I was the one that stood up.”
If Dinsmore wanted to end his suspension, he could no longer wear anything that represents the Confederate flag.
Dinsmore’s father William, said the flag has a completely different meaning to their family. William said their family is not racist, adding that the Confederate flag stands for their Southern pride, history and heritage.
“See, that’s the thing that bugs me about people, is they use racism for the Confederate flag, but people also use race against the bible and U.S. flag, does that mean we’re going to take away the bible, or take away the flag? No,” said Dinsmore.
We reached out to the Boyceville Area School District, but school officials did not wish to comment. However, Dinsmore said he wore the sweatshirt multiple times last year, under the supervision of a different principal, and never ran into trouble. Dinsmore said he’s never been suspended before. We looked into the school dress code, which said school officials can ban clothing that is deemed to be disruptive, distractive, provoking, provocative, or intimidating.