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BANKS - Carter Lee’s rainbow flag wasn’t supposed to be a big deal.

“I brought it to school and wanted to make sure everyone was open to it, and everyone was,” they said, cracking a half-smile. “At first.”

It didn’t take long for things to go south.

Lee first brought the flag to Josh Varnell's Banks High School history classroom, prompting other staff members to hang flags in their space. Days later, a local parent called into KXL's Lars Larson show and claimed one had taken the place of an American flag. Local media quickly caught wind, and before long, write-ups proliferated far beyond the Pacific Northwest. By the end of the month, Lee was making international headlines.

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“After that,” they said, “I knew . . .

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