Saturday, June 9, 2012

A 13-year-old student in Virginia suspended for allegedly wiping hands with American flag

From: Dan M.
Sent: June 9, 2012
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Subject: Fw: A 13-year-old student in Virginia suspended for allegedly wiping hands with American flag
A 13-year-old student in Virginia suspended for allegedly wiping hands with American flag
What in the world? I can see if this kid was being obnoxious and disrespectful he should be punished but if he didn't realize what he was doing a good talking to would have been enough. Dan
A 13-year-old student in Virginia was suspended from school after teachers accused him of using an American flag to wipe his hands after going to the bathroom.
Local affiliate WTKR NewsChannel 3 reports that the parents of Moses Hinton say the incident never happened and that their child is being singled out over his race.
Hinton, who is African American, is part of the gifted program at Plaza Middle School in Virginia Beach. "[This has been] very traumatic," Victoria Hinton, Moses' mother, told the station. "It has had an emotional impact on my son's education."
However, WTKR reports that Plaza Middle School's principal is also African American. Virginia Beach Public Schools Spokesperson Eileen Cox tells the station that a teacher witnessed Hinton using a nearby flag to wipe his hands after leaving the bathroom. When the teacher asked Hinton to explain himself, he reportedly said that the bathroom was out of napkins.
Hinton's mother says he told her he touched the flag only after losing his balance while walking up a flight of stairs. Hinton's parents have since begun pursuing legal action, hiring attorney Wayne Scriven.
"Why react so harshly?" Scriven said of the one-day, in-school suspension. "You have a bright, gifted, young black male; it seems to be an attempt to pour ice water on his motivation." Scriven points out that flag was not knocked over and did not suffer any damage in the alleged incident.
Hinton's parents are not currently seeking any financial damages over the incident but rather are asking for teachers at the school to receive more "sensitivity training."


  1. Thanks Dan, it does seem that officials over-react sometimes. Give the kid a break, I say.

  2. Amazing, kid gets one day suspension and mother suddenly screams "emotional trauma' and sues. Back in my day if I got suspended from school my parents did not care why...they only cared "that" I got suspended and I got punished. It was my job to stay out of trouble not the administrations job to see that I wasn't "emotionally traumatized".


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