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High School Suspends Students Who Have Confederate Flags On Cars

A high school in North Carolina suspended several students last week after they allegedly refused to take down Confederate flags on their vehicles.

Burns High School Principal Mickey Morehead claims that the students were suspended for insubordination after they were asked to remove the flags, the Shelby Star reported.

“They were asked to remove the flags, and they didn’t,” Morehead said. The school released the following statement:

Any conduct that would cause a disruption in our educational environment may be subject to discipline via the CCS Code of Conduct. Please understand that an immediate suspension may very well likely not be the consequence of a matter such as the one in question.

Cleveland County Schools spokesman Greg Shull added, “The flags were seen as a disruption at the school.”

The student handbook outlines what the school considers insubordination:

Students are expected to comply without delay to the directives of all school personnel at all times while a student is at school or involved in a school-related activity. Students who fail to comply with the directions of any school personnel anytime during the school day, during extra-curricular activities or during any period that the school personnel has authority, have violated this policy.

A junior at the high school who was suspended told FOX 46 that he thinks 10 students were suspended for flying Confederate flags.

“I thought it was kind of ridiculous, so I was like ok I see how it is,” the student, who did not want to be identified, said. The student also indicated that flying the Confederate flag was not about showing disrespect and the students were not promoting hate.