PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – What many people call an offensive flag is causing some unpleasantness in Pleasantville.

The village’s school superintendent has asked a homeowner to take down the political pageantry because it contains a profanity.

It hangs on a house across the street from a school, and contains a word most parents don’t want their kids to read, or speak.

At the Bedford Road Elementary school, students are getting a lesson in civics, and perhaps civility.

Across the street from the school, a Trump 2020 flag flies from the front porch of a single family home.

School officials say the problem isn’t the politics, it’s the profanity.

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The message on the flag reads “Trump 2020 No More BS,” except the BS part isn’t abbreviated – it’s spelled out.

“Kids ages 5 to 10 go by that flag every day and they can read,” said parent Marise D’Souza.

“Has your son asked you about that word?” CBS2’s Tony Aiello asked.

“He hasn’t. He’s still learning to read,” D’Souza replied.

“That bothers me. Across from a school. If it was anywhere elese, I don’t care. But the kids – very impressionable,” said parent Donna Belmont.

Some 600 kids, grades K through 4, attend the school.

After concerns reached superintendent Mary Fox-Alter, she spoke with the homeowners.

“In the spirit of being a good neighbor, in the spirit of partnership… would you  please remove the flag with the obscenity on it. I absolutely understood that he had freedom of speech, had nothing to do with the politics behind it,” she told Aiello by phone. “They had no intention of taking down the flag.”

Off-camera, the homeowner told Aiello he and his wife are big fans of President Donald Trump, and also big fans of the First Amendment. He told Aiello kids are exposed to worse everyday online, and some parents have privately encouraged him not to back down.

“I believe in free speech, and I believe in the ability to express your opinions, but I think this is a community, and people need to think about what they’re putting out there, especially in front of our children,” D’Souza said.

The flag is flying – red, white and blue language.

Trump got about 40 percent of the 2016 vote in the village of Pleasantville. He won the larger surrounding town of Mount Pleasant.

Comments (7)
  1. Steven Paige Streeter says:

    Trump is disrespectful to the American people. He is unfit to serve. Let the flag fly high!

  2. Chris Aldridge says:

    Regardless of what the flag says, it’s against US code because it’s illegal to fly any flag above the US flag. If the authorities were notified, they’d make him change it.

  3. David J. Roper says:

    The message of the flag is definitely at odds with itself.

  4. Rebeca Jean Dupre says:

    This violates US Flag Code 175: “c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy. No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof: Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.”

    Disrespectful.

  5. But they have no problem running their liberal common core with liberal teaching teachers,

  6. Hugh C Young says:

    What a Bunch of BS. This is an example of the BS and PC that prevents us from protesting.

  7. Gene Rey says:

    What a sissy little society it has become. I’d bet the little kiddies hear and SAY a lot worse every day. Whatever…..free speech!

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