Pittsburgh student's Confederate flag license plates spark controversy

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There's controversy at a Pittsburgh high school over a license plate on a student's vehicle. (WLS)

There's controversy at a Pittsburgh high school over a license plate on a student's vehicle. The school district says students don't have the same free speech rights as adults.

Pittsburgh student Randy Roscoe, Jr. said his Confederate flag license plates were ripped of his truck at Brashear High School one day after his father defended his son's vanity plates.

"To them it means they're country hicks or they're into fishing and hunting and listening to country music," said Randy Roscoe, Sr.

To others, it's a symbol of slavery and hate.

"I feel my First Amendment right is being taken from me. I'm not allowed to park my own vehicle at school over license plates on my truck, and I'm just trying to come to school every day and just be left alone," said Randy Roscoe, Jr.

Students said there is another side to the story. WTAE reports some classmates aren't just upset about the symbol.

"He says a lot of swear words, a lot of bad words toward black people and everything and it's just not right," said classmate Mickey Sheehan.

Sheehan said she doesn't agree with Roscoe's language, but does agree that he should be able to continue to drive to school with the Confederate flag on his truck.

"It's his right. It's his right. Soldiers fought for our rights and if he feels it's right, it's right," Sheehan said.

A Pittsburgh Public School spokesperson said in part, "requesting that a student remove Confederate flag vanity plates after they caused a substantial disruption and as a condition of maintaining a student parking permit, does not violate a student's free speech rights."

The student's father says, since the school revoked Randy's parking pass, if he tries to park his truck on their property, he now runs the risk of it being towed.

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