School Bans


CONFEDERATE FLAG LEADS TO HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN

CONFEDERATE FLAG LEADS TO HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN, STUDENT SUSPENSIONS AP Photo/Dave Martin by AWR HAWKINS28 Sep 2015Polk County, GA219 On the morning of September 23, a white 10th grader was confronted by two black students after entering Rockmart High School with a Confederate flag attached to his backpack. The confrontation escalated from words to pushing and shoving and ended with staff breaking it up and then suspending the trio. Rockmart High School is located in Polk County, Georgia. The incident was followed by a lockdown drill to hold everyone in place after “rumors of other students bringing Confederate battle flags surfaced.” According to Fox 5, Principal Wesley Cupp said the 10th grader “got dropped off out of his truck and came down the sidewalk just like any other student does.” But when he started through the courtyard with the flag attached to his backpack he was approached by the two black students. Cupp said, “They wanted to confront him about what he had on his back pack… ‘Hey man why you doing that?’” The school did a weapons search after the incident and no weapon was found, but the administration did order a lockdown drill until rumors of other students with Confederate flags were dispelled. Regarding the lockdown, Cupp said, “We just did that as a precautionary situation to help maintain control [in] what could have been a bad situation.” He said all three students were suspended for the disruption they caused, not for the exercise of freedom of speech. But Cupp did not say what would happen to the 10th grader if he brought the flag or an image of the flag back on campus as an exercise of speech. Cupp did say counseling will be offered to the three students once they return to school. Follow AWR Hawkins…

Suggestions

Suggestions to Parents and Students for Resolving a School Ban on Confederate symbols in your Community.   By Kirk D. Lyons Chief Trial Counsel Southern Legal Resource Center P.O.Box 1235 Black Mountain, NC  28711 828-669-5189 slrc@slrc-csa.org www.slrc-csa.org     Obtain copy of the School or Board of Education’s Dress code. Send to your attorney and to SLRC (fax No 828-669-5191 or P.O.Box 1235 Black Mountain, NC 28711)   Have all students affected by the ban & their parents contact the SLRC case manager 864-476-0656 slrc@crystalink.com and give a fact statement with the following info: Student’s name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, Social Security number, grade in school Name and address of school, name of Principal and any involved teachers or administrators Name of School System involved, County & State where this violation takes place, name,  address and phone number (and email) of Superintendent and all members of the Board of Education. Facts regarding any race related problems at school, esp those involving Confederate symbols. Statements regarding Confederate clothing, symbols or history (pro or con) made by the Principal, teachers or other students especially as they relate to the ban on Confederate clothing and especially ignorant and bigoted statements. Relate all facts and conversations regarding any request by teacher or administrator for a student to remove Confederate clothing or symbol Make notes of clothing and symbols worn and displayed by other students in the school that are NOT punished by school officials for so doing. This can include offensive dress styles, obscene t-shirts, drug symbols, FUBU clothing, “ Malcom X” clothing. Specifically note all other heritage symbols that are allowed to be worn to school, like Mexican flags, Irish flags. Note other religious symbols allowed: crucifixes, Stars of David, Muslim Crescents, etc. Note any discipline problems the student…