*A Caucasian student came to school toting a Confederate flag on his backpack. Obviously, this didn’t sit well with some of the black students especially. Two of whom approached the guy and asked him what was up. Things became heated to the level that there was shoving and strong words. Fortunately, the argument never rose beyond that as school officials jumped in quickly. The backpack was searched and no weapons were found, but the three students were all suspended for their disruptive behavior.
“When you become a disruption where students can’t learn because of a distraction, then that needs to be removed,” principal Wesley Cupp said.
The incident happened at Rockmart High School, and though no weapon was found students didn’t escape the lock-down drill that happened later Wednesday after rumors surfaced of other students planning to bring in Confederate flags.
“We just did that as a precautionary situation to help maintain and control what could have been a bad situation,” Cupp said.
Chris High, an African American parent of a Rockmart student, told WAGA that Cupp handled the situation “the right way.”
“I don’t want to give him no backlash because it would be different if he said, ‘just the white kid go home and not the black kid’ or vice versa,” High said.
While Betty Dodd, a Caucasian, thought that the two students should have complained to the authorities if they had a problem with their peer’s Confederate flag.
It was a historic day in South Carolina when the Confederate flag was taken down on July 10, 2015 at the South Carolina Statehouse. Once down and folded, it was handed to a curator by a black statesman before heading to a state relic room. The removal of the flag, recognized as a symbol of hate, was inspired by the killing of nine black men and women, including a pastor, at a bible study in South Carolina by 21-year-old, Dylann Roof.
Since the time of the flag’s removal a number of outbreaks have occurred. In August, nearly two dozen Virginia high school students were suspended because they protested Christiansburg High School’s ban of the flag on clothing and vehicles. Also in August, a couple of Missouri teenagers were suspended from their high school when they flew the flag from their vehicles despite the school’s ban.
Watch the video on the Rockmart High School incident below.
Source: The Blaze