FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KENTUCKY DIVISION SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS SUPPORT JACQUELINE DUTY CONFEDERATE PROM DRESS LAWSUIT TO BE FILED MONDAY IN LEXINGTON, KY FEDERAL COURT

This past May Jacqueline Duty, an attractive honor student in Russell, Kentucky, prepared to attend prom night wearing a special dress she had designed herself. It was a classically cut strapless sheath, ankle-length with a shallow slit on one side, and sewn completely out of beaded sequins. And it tastefully incorporated a symbol of her Southern heritage; a Confederate Battle Flag turned upwards so that the starry blue arms of the St. Andrew’s Cross appeared to lay across the dress as a sash would.

What was supposed to be a most special night turned to horror, though, as her civil rights were grossly violated by the school principal, who prevented Jacqueline from even getting out of her car, yelled at her, threatened her and had police force her away simply for expressing pride in her Southern heritage.

 

“ ‘Justice and equality for all’ includes Southerners”, said Don Shelton, spokesman for the Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. “The support we provided for Castorina v. Madison County School Board helped make that point abundantly clear with the ruling made by the federal 6th circuit court. The support we’re providing for Jacqueline Duty should convince school systems that civil rights for Southern students is still a serious issue.”

The Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is offended by school administrators who think that Southern students don’t have the same constitutional rights as others. The SCV is aware of a number of school situations in Kentucky where the civil rights of Southern students are being violated by fiat or policy. Our message to school administrators is to obey the law and respect the rights of all students or face the inevitable legal consequences. Our message to the students and parents is that help is available. For more information go to www.kyscv.org.

The suit will be filed 1 p.m. Monday, December 20th at the federal courthouse in Lexington, KY. There will be a press conference on the courthouse steps at that time.

For further information contact:

Don Shelton
Kentucky Division, SCV
Heritage Defense Chairman
(859) 885-3248
(859) 396-4308
sheltonreb@qx.net

On The Web: http://spofga.org/flag/2004/dec/prom_dress_lawsuit.phtml