Painted parking spot tradition ends after rainbow flag

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MARION, Kan. (AP) – A rural Kansas school district has stopped letting high school seniors personalize parking spaces after one student painted his spot with a gay pride rainbow flag that was immediately vandalized.

The school board for the 500-student Marion-Florence school district voted 4-3 this month to put an end to the tradition, which had created challenges in the past. Superintendent Aaron Homburg told The Associated Press that last year one student wasn’t allowed to paint a Confederate flag and another was stopped from painting a marijuana leaf.

Also contributing to the decision to end the tradition is that the principal who started it is retiring at the end of the year. The district plans to look for a new tradition.

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