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Postby bdcbbq » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:41 am

Nothing like a teen protest to raise hysteria!

Controversy continues over Confederate flag at Dowagiac High School

By Rachel Glaser
By Ashley Izbicki

Story Created: Oct 18, 2011 at 9:46 PM EDT

Story Updated: Oct 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM EDT

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Students wearing t-shirts with the Confederate flag were taken to the Vice Principal's office at Dowagiac Union High School before the first bell rang Wednesday morning.

Several students stayed home because of threats posted on Facebook.The Superintendent said Wednesday morning the threats are not validated.

About 40 students were expected to wear the t-shirts to school today, despite rumors of possible expulsion for those who protested the dress code.

ABC 57's Rachel Glaser is at the school, talking with parents and the Superintendent.

Original Story:

DOWAGER, Mich. – On Tuesday, students walked out of Dowagiac Union High School with their t-shirts proudly tucked in to show-off their shiny, red and blue belt buckles.

Two girls exited together, both had their jeans held up with the same Confederate flag buckles with big, black, bold letters that spell out “Rebel Pride.”

Sophomore Rikki Baker said, “To me, it just represents the people from the South.”

Baker got sent home from school for that very same belt buckle just a few days ago. She was the first student to get called into the vice-principal’s office on Friday. “She asked me to cover my belt buckle or remove it because people were getting offended by it,” Baker said.

The vice-principal told Baker other students had complained about the Confederate flag clothing and the administration deemed the attire to be a distraction, stating it disrupted class which in turn, is a violation of the school’s dress code.

Baker refused to take off or cover up her belt buckle and was sent home for the day, suspended and she wasn't the only one. Quite a few students decided to protest the new policy, nine students were suspended for wearing the Confederate flag.

“So in other words you’re telling me that because someone else is offended of what he’s wearing, he has to give up his right and freedom to express himself because they have theirs,” Chris Matthews said. Her son, Junior at Union High School got in trouble on Monday when he wore a Confederate flag t-shirt to school.

Matthews got a call from her 16-year-old son after he had been sent to the vice-principal’s office Monday morning.

“I said why? I said it’s a symbol of Southern pride for standing up for what you believe in, why would you be punished for this?”

Matthews said she gave her son the Confederate flag shirt, written on the front is a message, “If this offends you, you need a history lesson.”

Baker said the flags are a sign of support, it’s her way to show her Southern pride, “People just think it’s racism and it’s not.”

Matthews agreed, her son is not racist and he’s not pro-slavery, “This country was founded on equality and it’s not happening in our public school system.”

Mathews said the school has unfairly taken away her son’s right to freely express himself. “He wore a piece of clothing with an emblem on it his has worn many of times, others students have worn many of times throughout the years.”

Matthews said some students’ rights have been violated in favor of someone else’s, and that’s just not fair, “They’re being told they can’t do it because it offends somebody else but where is their rights?”

According to Matthews lots of students and groups of students wear outfits others may find offensive but the school has never punished those kids. Matthews said, “Other kids that have not been disciplined for basically the same action but not the same emblem.”

The superintendent of the Union School Corporation told ABC-57 News the decision to ban the Confederate flag stands, but the battle over this issue continues.

Matthews said, “I never thought I would live to see that day where I thought I’d have to fight for my child’s civil rights in these United States, in a public school system.”

It seems the fight has only just begun, students made nearly 40 Confederate flag shirts to wear to school on Wednesday in protest of the school’s dress code.

Rumors circulated throughout the high school that any student who wears one of the shirts will be expelled, but despite the threat the planned rebellion is still scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
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Postby Shinigami » Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:57 am

We must not try to forget what our Nation once stood for and died for, and not suppress our children from learning and expressing their American History either. Brothers and Neighbors spilled blood for their state, and our divided Nation at war. The Confederate flag is a symbol of southern pride for many in this country, sometimes it's a pride that many folks from the North just don't quite understand. Respect your neighbors and don't limit their freedoms when it causes you no harm.
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Postby Happy Mom » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:21 am

Shinigami wrote:We must not try to forget what our Nation once stood for and died for, and not suppress our children from learning and expressing their American History either. Brothers and Neighbors spilled blood for their state, and our divided Nation at war. The Confederate flag is a symbol of southern pride for many in this country, sometimes it's a pride that many folks from the North just don't quite understand. Respect your neighbors and don't limit their freedoms when it causes you no harm.



Well said shinigami! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Jesse Jackson tried a boycott of South Carolina because their State Flag is the Rebel flag. Tourism, in South Carolina, tripled during that "boycott."
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Postby bob_rx2000 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:30 am

Actually, what you're calling the "Rebel Flag" is not the national flag of the Confederate States of America. It is the battle flag of the Confederate army. The national flag of the Confederacy actually looked a good deal like Old Glory, with the appropriate number of red and white bars and the stars for each state arranged in a circle on a field of blue.
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Postby Happy Mom » Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:50 am

bob_rx2000 wrote:Actually, what you're calling the "Rebel Flag" is not the national flag of the Confederate States of America. It is the battle flag of the Confederate army. The national flag of the Confederacy actually looked a good deal like Old Glory, with the appropriate number of red and white bars and the stars for each state arranged in a circle on a field of blue.

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Postby Spider » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:53 pm

They can keep using the flag to "remember history" as long as they don't take offense to me reminding them that the South lost the war every time I see the flag.
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Postby southsider » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:11 pm

These kids are part of the Michigan Militia that is rampant in these parts. A bunch of inbred hilljacks looking to start something.

Southern heritage my ass.
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Postby Spider » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:29 pm

southsider wrote:
Southern heritage my ass.


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