The Gadsden Flag Significance in Fighting Back

Mr. Portelos' STEM Lab with Gadsden Flag. "Don't Tread on Me"

Mr. Portelos’ STEM Lab with Gadsden Flag. “Don’t Tread on Me”


Since I came under attack, around the end of January 2012, a repetitive thought in my head was “Don’t Tread on Me.”. Thank you to my HS Social Studies teacher, Mr. Bruns (Port Richmond 1996 and, ironically, former IS 49 teacher.) I printed out a picture of the Gadsden flag and posted it on my door. The administration ripped it down while I was out, so I printed a bigger one. They didn’t listen and the treading continued (3 file letters, 30+ SCI investigations, trying to vote me out of the School Leadership Team, exiling me from school etc.) I hope they are listening now because that snake is no longer coiled.

Here is a little history of the early American flag they tore down while I was out of school one day.

The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the snake is the legend “DONT TREAD ON ME”. The flag was designed by and is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag. It was the first flag ever carried into battle by the United States Marine Corps, during the American Revolution.

Considered one of the first flags of the United States, the flag was later replaced by the current Stars and Stripes (or Old Glory) flag. Since the Revolution,the flag has seen times of reintroduction as a symbol of American patriotism, a symbol of disagreement with government, or a symbol of support for civil liberties.


I made a slight modification adding an apple for the education significance.


Don't Tread on Educators -Portelos

Don’t Tread on Educators -Portelos

About Francesco Portelos

Parent and Educator fighting for the student and the teacher.
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