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North High School student Silas Edward, in the bottom right-hand corner, brought a Nazi flag to campus on May 29 — four days before Memorial Day.

A group of North High School students brought a Nazi flag to campus and flew it around the quad Thursday, apparently as a protest against a school policy that allows display of the gay pride "rainbow" flag, according to multiple sources.

The students posted a photo of themselves with the flag bearing a swastika and iron cross — a version known as the Kriegsmarine war ensign — on Facebook in a group student Silas Edward created Thursday called “Edgy Boi Memes.” The caption reads “pranked the school." The Californian could only identify one student in the photo — Silas Edward. 

Principal Mark Balch said the entire incident, which took place four days before Memorial Day, was very brief and disputed the claim that students ran the flag through the quad. It was performed on a dare during lunch period, he said. He wouldn't discuss how the students, who are juniors, were being disciplined, but said it was "being handled." 

"They dared a kid to grab a flag and security pulled him in and said, 'What are you doing?' And then we just dealt with it," Balch said. 

In Facebook comments posted Friday, student Joseph Lloyd Glover, who seemed to be involved in the prank, said it was "for joking and ironic purposes." He was unapologetic about the incident. 

"You guys are trying to like make us feel bad or something for the flag but like we really do not care at all not one bit," Glover wrote. "Get mad and offended though I guess it only makes us laugh more." 

Silas said on Facebook Thursday evening that North High, presumably by stopping him, was “challenging his rights as an American" because the school website claims to protect ethnicity, ancestry and national origin. 

“But they let people wear the gay flag to school (which) (by the way) many religions find vulgar and offensive,” Silas wrote in response to a comment made by his friend, Glover.

The Californian could not immediately confirm whether any North students had in fact worn clothing to school depicting the gay pride flag.

Glover also attacked the religion of Islam on Facebook, saying that gay pride flags are allowed that bear the Islam symbol, “even though they are literally killing gays and chopping their heads off, but you bring a flag with a swazi and all of a sudden it's the end of the world.”

Student Jaared Rolaand responded: “Silas, much respect.”

The Californian could not confirm whether such a flag was ever displayed on the North campus.

Glover later criticized North High directly, saying that “either all flags should be allowed or no flags should be allowed.”

Other friends chimed in with memes that read “free the flag.” Student Joey Seybert responded to the Nazi flag photo with an emoji holding a flag bearing a swastika.

Justin Brooks, a faculty adviser to the Gay-Straight Alliance at East Bakersfield High School, said he was saddened by the flag display. When things like this happen, Brooks said, he counsels his students to react peacefully.

“That situation makes me extremely sad that it would happen, but things like that happen all the time,” Brooks said, pointing to a student at Highland High School who wore a Ku Klux Klan hood to school earlier this year and was disciplined. 

“I think it’s probably just a misdirected student who’s not been educated,” Brooke said of Edward.

​Harold Pierce can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @RoldyPierce.

(45) comments

herr schmidt

“I think it’s probably just a misdirected student who’s not been educated,”

That Orwellian sentiment is the most disturbing part of this whole story. "Oh the student has an opinion that I disagree with? Time for re-education."

krew09

People need to clue in,there was no Holocaust,it takes about 2 minutes to figure this out.

turtleswifey

My question would be this: To those who are appalled that "no" disciplinary action was taken...what would you want to see done to these kids? Would you want them suspended? Expelled? What do you see fit? They are kids and they did something extremely stupid, ignorant, disrespectful and just downright uncalled for. But they did not do this because of the meaning that flag holds. They don't even know the meaning it holds. They did this because they felt entitled and they wanted their 5 minutes of fame. We have created this generation of entitled youth and then when they show their sheer ignorance we want them kicked out of school and want to take away all hope of them actually growing up to be respectful adults. Just because they were back in school on Friday does not mean no action was taken. It just means that the adults at that school see that these are children who need guidance and need to be taught the gravity of their actions. Not just thrown away bc of one big mistake. Apparently none of you ever did stupid things when you were teenagers though, right?

blogmom

I was very disheartened to hear about the students who brought a Naz (this form will not let me even use the word in my comment, citing it as profanity, yet they can fly it at school?!) flag to North High on Thursday. The comment in the article from Principal Mark Balch saying the it had been 'handled' was misleading at best, as there was no disciplinary action taken at all for the student who brought the flag or for those who appeared in the picture with him. Silas Edward was in school on Friday. Their claim that they were 'protesting the gay flag' which kids had allegedly brought to school, made no sense, since in my mind, a Naz flag represents a regime that is responsible for the genocide of millions of people based on their religion, ethnicity, as well as homosexuals. This isn't free speech, it's intimidation, pure and simple, and as a parent and substitute teacher, who has spent many days on this campus, I was very disappointed that this kind of hateful and ignorant display went unpunished. I felt as if the clock had been turned back 30 plus years, to when I was a student on the North High campus and racial flyers were circulated, scaring away the 2 or 3 black students who attended our school at that time. I thought we had come a long way from those days, that we were better than that, that we had learned that discrimination is NEVER okay, and intimidation will not be tolerated. I fear for any student who identifies as different.

Jakeset

I think people are missing the entire point... the first amendment protects ALL forms of speech to include this kids right to bare that flag if they wish, it gives people the right to BURN the American flag which in my mind is a FAR worst use of one's freedoms in this country. The point is that if you attempt to stifle an Americans freedoms just because you do not like what they are expressing shows you do not know nor understand what the constitution or 1st ammendment is supposed to accomplish. It is supposed to allow ANYONE and EVERYONE to express their views regardless of intent or meaning. AnD as for sending a 'message of love' and teaching these children... all you are trying to do is enforce your own intolerance on individuals who DO NOT share your opinions or beliefs through your own personal biggotry. Every country or people's has their DARK history but to label people and fight 'fire with fire'; 'hate with more hate' shows that you are no patriots or noble and virtuos denizens... no you are merely no better than the evils you claim to stand against.

Ken M

And I think YOU are missing the point. Your argument is that if something is legal, then it is right. WRONG. It may be legal to fly the N*zi flag, but it is never right to do so. You may celebrate the incineration of Jews, but that does not make you a worthy American.

turtleswifey

Thank you for this!

TheycallmeMa'm


I wonder if anyone can get past their emotional feelings about the flag and be outraged by the fact that this reporter is taking quotes from a minor, using photos of minors at school, and refusing to remove the photos of said minors when asked to by a heartbroken parent.

Shwaine

Perhaps then the heartbroken parents should control their teenagers' Facebook usage, seeing as that was the source of the teenagers' quotes in this article. Once it's out on a public Facebook page, it's fair game for anyone, including reporters.

blogmom

EXACTLY! But stupid is as stupid does!

Tess

Bakersfield will continue to lag behind every other city in the state as long as bigotry and prejudice are allowed here. Brandishing a symbol of hate is the polar opposite of brandishing a symbol of love.
Whatever your personal beliefs, please remember that the LGBT students are still just kids and trying to find their way in life, not be subjected to hate at every turn.
They come to school to learn just like every other student, and do not need to deal with harassment on a daily basis.

theycallmesir

What about my child? He finds homosexuality vulgar and disgusting. Is it okay for him to have to go to school and face that every day? He is just trying to learn as well. Is it right for him to be harassed for his beliefs? I have taught him to be tolerant, but I have also taught him that he does not have to allow it to be forced upon him either.

blogmom

You're equating homosexuality to Nazism? Really? Ellen Degeneres and Hitler, like, the same person?

Ken M

Well, nobody knows what a bigot your child is, except when he opens his mouth in attacking others that are minding their own business. You certainly have the right to move him to a "white power" institution. Then he might never have to face the people he'd encounter in real life, and his feelings won't be hurt.

blogmom

Thank you! Agreed!

theycallmesir

They made me remove the word " N A Z I" from the description of the flag because it was considered vulgar.....

theycallmesir

I have known these kids for most of their lives. They are very intelligent, and well mannered. While I do not agree with, or condone the use of that flag for any purpose, these kids are not racist's or bigots. I would suggest that the writer get the true facts, instead of writing an article based on half truths and guesses. These kids are free thinkers, and not mindless. They research social issues, history, politics, and many other issues that most their age would not. And whether you agree, or not, they do have a valid point. Freedom of speech is a right, and not subject to challenge. I cannot tell you what flag you can fly, and you should not be able to tell me what flag I can fly. This was a prank or a dare at worst. Those of you who have not taken a dare or pulled a prank on someone, or had it done to you, have not lived. These kids are young and are still learning that every action has a consequence, whether it be good or bad. They are not perfect, but this article portrays them in a biased and untrue light.

Muhammad Fatwa al Jihad

Where did this fine young men get The flag?

Christine

If you know these young men well, perhaps you could take them down to the Museum of Tolerance in LA so they could see what that flag truly represented. That it represents genicide, dead women and children, medical experimentation, torture, starvation and death. I'll pay for their tickets. I grew up in Taft and can understand these kids. I'd be happy to help them understand the real meaning behind what they did. I don't believe they intended to represent the Holocaust. I'm sure you don't either!

blogmom

I've known these boys for most of their lives also, and I would not describe them as intelligent. Arrogant, ignorant, uninformed, those all come to mind. Honestly they did this to see if they could get away with it, and they did. That sets the barre pretty low, opening the door for others to continue to perpetuate hatred. There is nothing good or noble about associating yourself with the symbol of a horrific time in history, when a lunatic killed millions of people because he brainwashed enough followers into thinking they were better than everyone else. To associate yourself with Hitler is to decry his beliefs, which included the killing of homosexuals. I don't see this as freedom of speech, I see it as a means of intimidation, or at the very least, a publicity stunt meant to do nothing more than perpetuate their misguided ideology.

Ken M

Wow! So good to know that people who fly N*zi flags are only pranking, and not to be taken seriously. That will be such a relief to my many Jewish friends. When I burn a cross on their lawn, make sure to tell them it's only in fun.

bakodon

What a bunch of fecal matter about nothing......the school should just leave it alone and move on to next year!

blogmom

'Leaving it alone' perpetuates it. This kind of disgusting display needs to be nipped in the bud before every white trash POS thinks they can spew their hate freely.

Muhammad Fatwa al Jihad


There were gay students in the 70s when I was a North High student. Never saw swastikas then. These peckerwood boys hate more than LGBT people.

theycallmesir

"peckerwood"?? So is it okay to call you a goat lover??? You can make a racist statement about someone you don't know???

Muhammad Fatwa al Jihad

The Oildale Peckerwoods are a well known racist gang with ties to the Aryan Nation. SWP graffiti can be seen in Oildale. I have seen swastikas, SS lightning bolts and 88 painted on a home on El Tejon. The flag pictured has been observed at SWP rallies. Where did these boys get the flag? Why are you defending them?
I love goats by the way. My wife wants to raise them. Cabrito is a Mexican barbecued goat dish that is delicious. What's your point?

blogmom

Thank you!!

blogmom

PREACH!

brenninger

These boys aré ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ! If our schools aré allowing people of other beliefs, whether it is lgbt symbol or the flags of other countries no campus, then that swastika flag is also allowed. Hypocricy @ it's best on display.

Jasonparsons4206999

Amen

advocacyforstudents

These boys' (and your) misunderstanding of the symbols is at the heart of why their demonstration was wrong. They're trying to equate a symbol of an ideology (their flag) with a symbol of pride in one's own identity (the rainbow flag).Also, the student citing the code about ethnicity, nationality, and heritage should realize that he's effectively saying that his heritage is rooted in Nazism, which makes zero sense logically (but perfect sense in terms of his apparent beliefs).

blogmom

EXACTLY! Let me see your papers that show you're of Naz1 decent!

blogmom

Really? You find Naz1ism to be a legitimate belief? Wow, you're almost as scary as they are.

alanaa

The other boys in the picture (left to right) are Rickey Bird, Zach Tillman, and Alex Tillery

Jasonparsons4206999

Did you really have mention that?

Jasonparsons4206999

It's stupid that something like this would even be reported on by any news network. What are you the Wall Street journal. Your taking this way out of proportion and just trying to make people look bad. These kids aren't naz1s you ignorant blokes know this. these kids points make total sense too That's why I didn't notice you trying to respond to any of them. Quit picking on kids, get a life.

advocacyforstudents

Students displaying symbols of Nazism on campus is news.

Jasonparsons4206999

No it's not. They are kids. If there was a biker gang going around with swatstikas on there jackets, killing every Jew in sight, that would be news. These kids are no threat and didn't harm anyone the only reason you'd want to write an article about it is $$$

blogmom

This kind of ignorance and indifference is what got this country in the mess we're in. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

theycallmesir

Why? Because it is vulgar and represents something evil? So are symbols of homosexuality to many people. You want to shove your beliefs down my throat, and expect me to just stand there and take it, and yet when I disagrees with your beliefs, you have a huge fit and call me evil...

amtfor attorneys

best answer love it bet most are on welfare

TheycallmeMa'm

I wonder if anyone can get past their emotional feelings about the flag and be outraged by the fact that this reporter is taking quotes from a minor, using photos of minors at school, and refusing to remove the photos of said minors when asked to by a heartbroken parent.

blogmom

Those minors were proud of what they'd done and were seeking the limelight. Sorry parents, you should be heartbroken about what your kid did, not the fact that they bragged about it in the paper.

blogmom

A news article reports fact, not opinion, that's why the reporter didn't respond to them. And whether or not these kids are actual Naz1s or not isn't the point. The fact that their ignorance was allowed to go unpunished creates a hostile environment for any student that identifies as different. As a parent and a taxpayer, that is not okay with me.

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