Virginia School System Targets Use of Confederate Flag

11/25/09

LACEY SPRING, Va. – Rockingham County school officials are cracking down on the use of the Confederate flag.

Schools Superintendent Carol Fenn delivered that message to the county School Board on Tuesday night in response to an incident two months ago at Broadway High School. Some students displayed the flag and shouted racial slurs.

Under the policy outlined by Fenn, any student who uses the Confederate symbol to taunt, bully or intimidate will be subject to disciplinary action.

Some embrace the flag as a symbol of Southern heritage, while others view it as offense and a remnant of an era of slavery.

Fenn said she respects students’ right to free speech but stressed expressions of free speech must be used responsibly.

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