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U.S. flag flies upside down outside S.C. state agency

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The United States flag outside the South Carolina Department of Education flew upside down for part of the day Wednesday.

'Old Glory' was spotted around lunchtime attached to a flagpole above a correctly-positioned South Carolina flag in front of the Senate Street complex in downtown Columbia.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education passed the blame to the Budget and Control Board Wednesday afternoon.

"General Services from the Budget and Control Board runs the flag up and down daily," wrote Dino Teppara. "They're responsible for doing this very simple, yet important task. As a proud military veteran, Dr. Zais is extremely disappointed that they were careless today and has asked them to ensure it never happens again."

Typically, a flag displayed upside down is a sign of distress by the owner. Others fly the flag in such a manner to voice displeasure with the leadership of his or her country.

It is unclear who was responsible for the display or if it was done on purpose.

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