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School Bus Driver Fired for Confederate Flag

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By Jason Beahm on March 14, 2011 9:58 AM

Can a school district restrict the display of the Confederate flag on a car owned by the bus driver? Ken Webber considers himself a proud redneck, and says there is nothing racist about his love for the Confederate flag. Webber has tattoos that say "100 percent American," and a Confederate flag and the words "Pure Redneck."

Webber, 28, drives a bus of kindergarten to Talent Elementary School every school day. Webber also has a Confederate flag that flies inside his pickup truck. He was told by the school superintendent to either lose the flag or be suspended. "My flag will fly ... No one here is gonna tell me what I can and can't believe in," Webber said, the Associated Press reports.

Webber says he received the Confederate battle flag as a birthday present in 2009 from his dad. But Superintendent Ben Bergreen recently saw it on his truck and said it has to go. "...Our district is about 37 percent minority students ... It's fairly common knowledge that the Confederate battle flag is perceived by folks as a racist or negative symbol."

Webber has been suspended, and First Student spokeswoman Bonnie Bastian declined to give further details.

Courts have upheld the right of schools to prohibit the display of Confederate flag on the school property. However, every case is different, and you never know until you get to court. Ken Webber has said he is considering representing himself.

He could call himself the Redneck Attorney.

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