Students protest Confederate flag ban at Arkansas high school

Published On: Apr 09 2014 11:26:20 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 09 2014 11:38:39 AM HST

Waldron High School flag protest

WALDRON , Ark. -

A controversy led to a parade of Confederate flags Tuesday evening to protest a ban implemented by officials at an Arkansas high school.

School officials requested students displaying large Confederate flags on the back of their pickup trucks remove them while on school property.

The superintendent, Gary Wayman, said there have been complaints and some consider the display "offensive."  Wayman said the students were flying the Confederate flags from the back of poles attached to their trucks. 

There were mixed feelings among students and others who gathered Tuesday to fly a parade of flags in protest. 

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Dakota Sims, an organizer of the parade in response to the ban, told 40/29 News "It's America, this is a free state. Like that flag represents freedom. Just like that American flag represents freedom. People died for both of them. Why not fly both of them?"

Another student said he supports his friends that are protesting, but felt that the flags could send the wrong message. 


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