College Student Forced to Remove American Flag from Balcony, 'Could Offend Foreign People'

September 21, 2014

A San Diego State University sophomore was forced to remove an American flag from his balcony after apartment managers said foreigners could find the display offensive. Brad Smith, who had just moved into the Boulevard 63 apartment complex in San Diego last month, told ABC 10 News that he received a written notice to remove the flag a few days ago. “We were then told that it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students,” Smith said. “I’ve had friends and family fight to defend that flag.” While Smith’s lease agreement with the apartment’s management does have a clause that says “no signs or other personal property may be kept outside the premises,” attorney Christian Curry told ABC. that the clause comes close to infringing on First Amendment rights. “Clearly, they want to keep it clean and that’s something they want to accomplish,” Curry said. “It’s a compelling reason, but it’s hardly a reason that’s going to overcome your free speech.” Management initially told ABC that anyone who hangs a flag would be asked to take it down; however, it looks like the management capitulated after the media highlighted the

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Bob Blanchard Jr says:

    If it’s offensive – go back where you came from
    Stop spending MY money – you are not worth it!

  • skipboe910 says:

    What kind of crap is this. San Diego is in the US. That is too damned bad if anyone is offended!!! Come tell me to take my Flag down. I’ll kick your a$$.

  • hijinx60 says:

    Can anyone tell me ANYTHING that doesn’t offend anyone? The Mex flag, Gov handouts, Obama, free money, food stamps, bail outs, democrats, republicans, and everything else offends someone in some manner. This is AMERICA so if OUR flag offends, I’m with graywolf12, LEAVE .. and the sooner the better.

  • CTH says:

    My connect is to hell with the foreigners who might be offended. Hopefully they will become so offended that they will go back to wherever they came from, and the stupid politically correct apartment managers should go with them.

  • Graywolf12 says:

    If you are offended by our flag, LEAVE. Why did you come here in the first place? Everything else I have to say is self censored.

    1. I Seigel says:

      Right on!! And if you’re offended by other completely legal things – like gay people, abortion, background checks, civil rights – then you should also LEAVE!

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