College Student Told to Remove American Flag from Apartment Balcony

Melissa Mecija, 10 News (San Diego), September 19, 2014

A local college student contacted Team 10 after he said his apartment complex managers told him he needed to take down his American flag.

Brad Smith moved into the new Boulevard 63 Apartments last month. The property is not owned or operated by San Diego State University.

A couple days ago, he received a notice to remove the American flag hanging from his balcony.

Smith asked the apartment community managers why.

“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.


The community manager told Team 10 anyone that displays a banner or flag will receive a notice.

However, a representative with the apartment complex owner later said something different.

Melanie Flaherty, the vice president of marketing for Carmel Partners, said, “We allow state and country flags.”

She said there was a “misunderstanding” between the tenant and the community managers and the rules will be changed.


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