School Makes Students Take Down Confederate Flags
WALDRON, ARK. (5NEWS-KFSM) -- Three Waldron High School students were threatened with suspensions this week and forced to remove Confederate flags from their pickup trucks.
Supt. Gary Wayman met with three male students Monday morning to warn them about impending punishments they could endure if they continued to fly the Confederate flag. Wayman said the boys flew the flags from poles sticking up from their pickup trucks.
The superintendent told the students to take the flags down before entering the high school's parking lot. They can put them back up after leaving school grounds, Wayman said.
Images posted to social media Monday night showed disciplinary referrals from the school district threatening to give the boys in-school suspension for the act.
The referrals state the students "came to school with flag flying from truck–not following directions."
A student involved in the situation told 5NEWS administrators also threatened to rescind their credits for graduation.
"What they are trying to do is take all our rights away," the student said. "We are just showing that (we) are proud to be where we live."
Wayman said the Confederate flag could be offensive to some students, and he did not want to allow potentially offensive material on school grounds. The superintendent added he did not believe the students were being prejudiced, but were instead expressing their Southern pride.
"It's been blown way out of proportion," he said. "I expect it to die down pretty soon."
The superintendent said the meeting with the students went well, and the boys understood and agreed to the terms. He said he could not say what kind of discipline the students faced if they continued to fly the flags.
"That would be up to the principals," Wayman said.