A group of students at a North Georgia high school say just as they were planning to protest this month against peers caught carrying around a Confederate flag during a school event, their Black organizers were suspended.
Meanwhile, students carrying the controversial emblem were let off the hook.
“I feel the Confederate flag should not be flown at all. It is a racist symbol and it makes me feel disrespected,” student organizer Jaylynn Murray at Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia, told Atlanta news station WGCL-TV. Murray said four students were flying the flag on a spirit day called “farm day.”
Meanwhile, fellow student organizer Deziya Fain said she “felt really disrespected how the school didn’t do anything about it and when we are not allowed wear BLM (Black Lives Matter) stuff and they are allowed to carry a racist flag around.”
The group, composed of Black, white and Hispanic classmates, decided to organize a protest after administration failed to discipline the four individuals spotted in the video.
Students noted that the school has a policy against students wearing Black Lives Matter apparel and believes there is an ongoing issue with racism at the school, as the four students carrying the flag were also accused of using racial slurs against Black students.
When administration became aware of the coming protest, they ordered students not to carry out their plans and informed them that they would be disciplined if they decided to follow through. By Thursday, Oct. 7, a school administrator issued a similar warning to the remaining student body over the intercom, the station revealed.
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SOURCE: Atlanta Black Star, Atahabih Germain