Ninth Grade Academy responds to tattered flag complaint

Replacements already were prepped

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Daniel Beavers will retire in April with 20 years in the U.S. Army. Currently stationed at Camp Mackall, the Special Forces sergeant first class knows what the United States flag stands for.

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

On a regular basis, Beavers takes his partner’s daughter to school at the Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy. A couple of weeks ago, what he saw surprised him. The U.S. flag flown on the flagpole in front of the former elementary school on County Home Road was torn, nearly beyond recognition.

It was, said Jenny Cobbler Shoe, “a disgrace.”

“I’m ashamed,” she told The Pee Dee Post.

Beavers was more diplomatic. He recognized that many of Richmond Senior High School’s JROTC cadets might be freshmen and “that also wouldn’t be repenting a very good image” for the unit.

Beavers said Shoe sent a message through Facebook to the school’s Facebook page. They hoped a teacher or administrator would take it from there. It didn’t work.

“Nothing,’ Beavers said was the school’s initial response. “A week, week and a half later, I said can’t believe they haven’t fixed that flag. After they had a message, you would think a school principal, a vice principal, would have noticed it … put it on a higher priority.”

The American flag was torn and shredded nearly in two. According to a Congressional Research Service report, the U.S. flag should be replaced “when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display.” Flags no longer fit for display are to be disposed of “in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” In Richmond County, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4203 serves as a collection point for old flags. The flags are then taken by American Legion Post 147 and destroyed in a proper ceremony.

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

NGA Principal Pam Patterson said Wednesday morning she never received a Facebook message. It was brought to administrators’ attention Wednesday morning by another parent, Wayne Stevens. Stevens made his issue known and was quickly told that a replacement flag already was prepared for replacement. Stevens stuck around and took the old flag home to ensure proper disposal.

A school staff member, Patterson said, “already had the (new) flag laid out” before Stevens came in.

“We also changed out the North Carolina flag,” Patterson said.

She said she’s disappointed she didn’t see a message through Facebook and noted the school’s use of social media began earlier this academic year. It’s still taking some getting used to , she said.

“I would definitely respond to that,” Patterson said. “We take that very seriously.”

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

The school generally receives flags donated by various organizations or businesses. The new flag, 3 feet high by 5 feet wide, was donated by by Modern Woodmen of America.

Patterson said the flag replaced today lasted about a year.

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  • Bruce Brown

    The Ricmond County School administration can’t seem to find the money to correct such a disgrace as this. After all, the Raider football team and the holy ground of Raider Stadium needs it more.

    • Guest

      TY Bruce.. One of the people that fought and died to defend our country and our flag was my brother, W.O. John D Bryant 1951-1970 Vietnam Helicopter pilot 19 yrs old! I have the flag they draped over his coffin when he was buried inm Arlington National Cemetery. I am not ready to part with it yet… but I am sure I will be donating it to a needy school before to long!

    • http://www.wheels4paws.org Pat Webb

      TY Bruce.. One of the people that fought and died to defend our country
      and our flag was my brother, W.O. John D Bryant (Miami, Fl) 1951-1970 Vietnam
      Helicopter pilot 19 yrs old! I have the flag they draped over his
      coffin when he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I am not
      ready to part with it yet… but I am sure I will be donating it to a
      needy school before to long!

  • Bruce Brown

    I would like to thank peedeepost for their write up and exposure of the “disgraced ” American Flag at one of our public schools. As usual, there always seems to be an ample supply of excuses from those on whose watch things like this occur. Why wait and depend on Facebook to bring this to their attention. Those responsible, no doubt, looked at it everyday, yet took no action until the public outcry. Shame on the responsible party(s) who saw and chose to look the other way.

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