Virginia Beach, VA – Flying a Confederate flag is still quite controversial in this day and age, and supporters of the Old South routinely receive criticism for their adherence to the image. One man took his allegiance way over the line by waving a gun at some elementary school kids who voiced their own displeasure at a Confederate flag emblazoned on his vehicle, and he’s currently sitting in jail for it.
An 18-year-old man is facing charges after police say he pointed a gun at two elementary school students on Monday, reports PilotOnline. Joshua P. Dalton of Virginia Beach flies a Confederate flag on the back of his blue pickup and had apparently overheard some disparaging remarks about it from some elementary school kids.
Shortly before 3 pm, a school bus was unloading kids when two students told the driver that someone had pointed a gun at them. The driver then returned the students to Pembroke Elementary before notifying school officials and law enforcement authorities, reports MSN.
A subsequent investigation was launched, and it was determined that a dispute had indeed broken out between Dalton and a couple of students at a bus stop. The students made remarks about the rebel flag on the back of his truck, and he brandished a firearm. It is unknown whether or not Dalton said anything to the students or if he simply waved a gun at them and drove away. Needless to say, the students got a good scare.
Police officers tracked Dalton down and arrested him. He is charged with two misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm, one for each student he threatened. He was released on bond, and no injuries were reported.