JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA — A photo that shows the American flag being defiled by students in a Pennsylvania high school classroom has caused an uproar online and prompted school officials to increase campus security, WPXI reported.
Local police are investigating the incident, which appears to have taken place in a classroom at Richland High School, near Pittsburgh.
It shows a student standing on the American flag, while a girl stands next to him flipping the bird and sticking out her tongue.
The two students in the picture have not been identified, but netizens have reacted to the photo, which has gone viral.
Many commenters who railed against the students seem to not support the freedom of speech being exercised in the image.
Defiling Old Glory is not actually a crime in itself, and attempts to criminalize flag burning or defacement have failed.
However, destroying someone else's property is illegal, so if the school feels like the students vandalized the flag, they could face charges.
According to a statement from the Pennsylvania chapter of the ACLU given to the New York Daily News, the mother of the boy in the picture said he has apologized and regrets his actions.