The removal of the flags came after Monongalia County Schools sent a directive to school principals in September calling on them to take down political statements or campaign posters on classroom walls, according to Yahoo News.
Superintendent Eddie Campbell Jr. said the directive aimed to help quell political divides. But some students said the flag goes beyond ideology.
Lonnie Medley, an MHS senior and member of the LBGTQ + community, said the flag is a beacon for students who might still be closeted. Without it hanging in classrooms, he’s feeling lost, he said.
Quinn Rainbeau, 14, feels lost, too. She feels like adults are speaking for her without considering the thoughts of her and her fellow students.
“What is wrong with this generation,” she said.