A school in Tennessee is refusing to ban the Confederate battle flag from being displayed on campus, even though a black student has expressed discomfort at the sight. The freshman from Rutherford County, Tennessee, came home from school and told his mother that students were displaying the flag from their cars and wearing T-shirts with the symbol.
“I felt sad and hurt when I saw [the flags]” flying from trucks at the school, the freshman’s mother told the ABC affiliate. “I don’t think it is the appropriate place for my child to be subjected to this.” In the report, the names of the mother and student remained anonymous.
When she contacted the school district, she was told by the schools spokesperson that, “as a school district, we can’t prohibit such items unless it is causing a disturbance at the school.” Other schools in the county do ban the flag from dress codes.