HORNELL — A Hornell High School student complied with a request Wednesday to remove the Confederate flag from the tailgate of his pickup truck in the school's parking lot.

Hornell City School District superintendent Doug Wyant told The Evening Tribune that the owner of the truck removed the flag from the tailgate without incident.

"(School Resource Officer Jason Day) spoke to the individual who owns the vehicle and I believe that (they) were asked that they take it down while they're on school property," Wyant said.

Wyant noted that he wasn't sure if displaying the flag on school grounds violated the school's Code of Conduct.

"I don't know if we have anything specific in our Student Code of Conduct with respect to that," Wyant said. "I think we just asked for cooperation and complying with that. According to the information that I received from (Hornell High School principal Scott Carroll), our SRO went out and addressed it with the student. The student complied with the request and hopefully we're good from there on out."

A city resident, who asked that her name be withheld, sent images of the truck to The Evening Tribune, noting that she had complained to Carroll and Day about the flag being present in the school parking lot in the past.

"When I posted similar pictures on Facebook last year, they actually came to my door and criticized the fact that I took this to social media, when they had already (in the words of Scott Carroll) 'told you that we would handle this, internally,'" the resident wrote in an email. "No child should have to feel intimidated by these people. We all know what this flag represents."

The superintendent noted that apparel sporting the flag could be found in violation of the dress code if someone were to find it offensive, similar to a shirt promoting alcohol or drug use.

"Dress codes will state that if apparel will disrupt the educational process, they will be asked to change that clothing," Wyant said. "Does it speak specifically to a Confederate flag? I'm sure that it doesn't. I'm sure that we speak to maybe offensive shirts so if somebody finds the Confederate flag offensive and it's disrupting the educational process, then would be addressing that.

"If it's going to take away from learning, then you shouldn't be wearing it."

This incident wasn't the first one involving a Confederate flag in recent years but compliance after the fact has not been an issue.

"We've dealt with this in the past and we've dealt with it similarly," Wyant said. "We really haven't had any issues with the kids complying with the request."