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School Comes Under Fire For What They Banned Students From Bringing

A school responded to controversy between students with a ban, and that ban has created an even bigger controversy of its own.

A high school in central Indiana has banned the displaying and wearing of the Confederate flag at school after two dozen students caused a “substantial disruption” when they displayed Confederate flags on the first few days of the new school year. The school in Madison County has since dealt with public outrage both within the school and from the general public at the controversial display.

When two dozen student donned Confederate flags on their first few days back at Lapel High School, Madison County, the local community was outraged. These particular students also chose to decorate their cars with the flag and have even driven to school in an intimidating convoy formation. The remaining students were highly offended by the display and began wearing banned ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts in retaliation.

Mr. Bobby Fields, the superintendent of the school district, stated that the Confederate flag emblem and everything it represents was entirely banned from display in order to thwart disruptions to “the integrity and sanctity of the teaching and learning process.”

The students donning the Confederate flags have defended their actions, claiming that the display of flags was to commemorate the Second Battle of Bull Run. Each student who chose to wear the flag was required to undergo interviewing with the principal of Lapel High, Chad Kemerly, where he questioned their intentions:

“We talked about the Southern heritage, and that for many people, that flag stands for racism. We emphasized they need to know what the message [is] they’re sending.”

Peyton Bannon, a senior pupil at the high school, emphasized that the intent of the flags was not racism, stating, “I’m for what they believe in. I’m for the South. They seceded from the North for tax payer reasons and they just didn’t want to be pushed around anymore, so they left.” Mr. Bannon went on to express his disappointment in his community, confessing that he “do[es] feel bad for them for letting myself portray it like that,” and that he “was very disappointed in [his] community because it wasn’t an act of racism - it as an act of honor.”

Another student, Elliotte Burton, intended on protesting the Confederate flag group by donning a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt. “They would just take them down, but now that the situation has been brought up that kids were going to do the Black Lives Matter shirts, they'll literally ride around the school with them flying. Then they'll leave the parking lot and drive around this whole town with them,” yelled the passionate student.

With more than 75 complaints received by the school over the matter, Mr. Fields realized that action had to be taken. Mr. Fields has emphasized the right for students to express themselves under their First Amendment rights; however, the use of the First Amendment rights “should not be used to disrupt the learning process of other students or to inflame, insult, bully or intimidate other students.”

Source: Fox News
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