Thursday, 21 Virginia students were suspended, from Christiansburg High School, after protesting the school’s new dress code that prohibits students from wearing clothes that might affect people because of race, gender, or other factors – including the confederate flag.
Houston Miller, Senior at Christiansburg High School, hosted the rally and he plans on hosting another one on Friday. Miller believes that the administration shouldn’t tell the students what to wear or have on their cars.
“I feel like I should have the right to wear whatever I want, and I’m standing up for this,” Miller said.
“We are not issuing a judgment on the flag, but know that not allowing it at CHS supports a peaceful educational environment in the building,” Drake said in a statement. “Continued racial friction suggests that lifting the ban of this particular symbol would cause significant disruption at the school.”
Senior Morgan Willis, had a confederate flag draped across the top of her car until she was told to remove it. Willis said that the flag was a sign of heritage.
“I understand some people take it as hate, but none of us out there were racist or anything,” Willis said. “I don’t see it as hate. If I did, I wouldn’t own it. I see it as this is your Southern heritage, and if you can’t have that, then what can you have?”
The new policy regarding Confederate flags on cars has also angered some parents, including Josh Akers, whose child attends the grade school in the school district. He started an online petition that has more than 1,200 supporters urging the school board to reverse the policy. The students and the parents are so angered that they are thinking about potentially filing a lawsuit against the school, arguing that they have a Constitutionally-protected right to wear clothing emblazoned with the flag.