At least 20 students have been suspended from Christiansburg High School in Virginia after showing up wearing clothing that the school said violated the dress code.
The students were all wearing some Confederate flag apparel. The students say they were trying to honor their Southern heritage, but the school claims they were creating racial tension.
According to local media reports:
“We value our students’ First Amendment rights, but we must maintain an orderly and safe environment for all students,” said Brenda Drake, public information officer. “Incidents of racial tension at CHS support the continued prohibition of the Confederate flag in the building.”
Since 2002, Montgomery County Public Schools has engaged in social justice and diversity training for staff members and students. Nonetheless, CHS has recently experienced incidents of racially motivated behavior.
“We are not issuing a judgment on the flag, but know that not allowing it at CHS supports a peaceful educational environment in the building,” said Drake. “Continued racial friction suggests that lifting the ban of this particular symbol would cause significant disruption at the school.”
Some of the 25 students complied with demands to remove the clothing, some were placed in in-school suspension, while others were suspended for up to 3 days. The school said the students that were suspended were being disruptive while in in-school suspension.
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h/t – wdbj7.com