Ben Scholfield, a student at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah, has always driven to school with an American flag on his truck. He was horrified last Thursday when a friend sent him a Snapchat informing him that his flag had been set on fire in the school parking lot.
“I had the flag flying normally,” Scholfield told KSTU-TV. “He took a picture and was like, ‘Merica or whatever, and then I get another one maybe an hour or so later, and he’s like, ‘Someone burned your flag.’”
The Blaze reported that another student was able to put the fire out, but not before major damage had been inflicted on both the truck and the flag. Scholfield immediately notified his school.
“I was pretty mad. I was pacing back and forth,” Scholfield said.
Scholfield’s classmates were outraged as well, so to show their support, they decided to fly the American flag from each of their vehicles.
“I think its really important. It’s not just the material part of the flag, it’s the meaning behind it,” Scholfield said. “We’re just showing that we can fly our flags, and we always will.”
His school released the following statement about the incident:
Wasatch High School is investigating a Safe Schools violation which occurred in one of the school’s parking lots resulting in damage to another student’s vehicle. The student responsible has been identified and is cooperating with school officials and law enforcement. At the conclusion of the investigation, the student will be disciplined in accordance with district policy.
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