Students were recently caught on camera raising a rebel flag at Coosa High School in Rome, Floyd County, to school on Monday.
Classmates, who are unhappy with the flag, have planned a protest. The school administration announced that students would not be allowed to demonstrate and the students and their parents claim they were suspended for organizing an anti-racism protest.
“I think the Confederate flag shouldn’t be hoisted at all. It’s a racist symbol and I disrespect me,” said student organizer Jaylynn Murray, who said four students were flying the flag at the event. ‘a spiritual day called “farm day”.
Black students and white and Latino classmates spoke out and organized a protest against racism.
“I felt really disrespectful because the school didn’t do anything about it and when we weren’t allowed to wear BLM (Black Lives Matter) stuff and they are allowed to wear a racist flag, said student organizer Deziya Fain.
Murray and Fain said they started making plans to protest racism after the administration failed to discipline students who displayed the Confederate flag and allegedly spat racial slurs against black students.
A parent provided CBS46 with a recording of an announcement on the school intercom on Thursday where a school administrator warned students that they would be punished if they tried to protest.
“The administration is aware of the protest scheduled for tomorrow,” the administrator said, saying it would not be allowed at Coosa High. “The police will be present here at the school and if the students insist on encouraging this kind of activity, they will be punished for having encouraged the unrest.”
Black college students as well as white and Hispanic college students attended the reception, as requested, to talk to administrators about the protest plans and hand out all of the promotional flyers. Students tell CBS46 they have started arguing with administrators over the lack of disciplinary action taken against students using racial slurs.
Source: Good Word News