Fayetteville high school students facing consequences after wearing Confederate flag attire to school
January 24, 20190
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A couple of students at Fayetteville High School are facing consequences after wearing Confederate flag attire to school.
Earlier this week, students at Fayetteville High School came to school wearing Confederate flag shirts and had paintings of the flag on their face and hands.
They were asked by the school to change shirts and to remove the paint, but they refused. They were then sent home for the day.
“To us, it’s not hate, everyone is saying it’s hate, it’s our history. We live in a southern state and if we were doing it for hate we wouldn’t be wearing it,” said Jagger Starnes, a ninth-grade student at FHS.
“The Confederate flag is a symbol and it has a long history, 150 years, tied to being the ideas of racism, hatred and bigotry and because of that its not allowed in our school setting,” said Jay Dostal, FHS Principal.
According to the districts rule,
“Attire that disrupts the educational process or otherwise interferes with the rights or opportunities of others to learn or teach is considered improper and unacceptable.”
“I’m just looking at strictly the board policy,” said Dostal. “I shared with the students outside of school if you want to wear that absolutely go ahead.”
The student claims that he was called a racist by the school principal.
“I’m honestly not racist, I have friends that are black, I have friends that are Mexican, you know I’m not racist by any means,” said Jagger.
“I would never call a student a racist. Absolutely not,” said Dostal.
Jagger’s father says he stands by his son’s decision to wear Confederate flags.
“I support him in anyway he’s doing it because that’s what he’s standing up for,” said Keith Starnes, Jagger’s father. “If he was doing it for hate than it would be different but he’s not so yeah I’m going to support my son.”
“In a diverse school setting like we’re in it’s important that we keep all kids safe and let them feel safe and free from the Confederate flag,” said Dostal.
Confederate monuments that still remain across the country
A bronze statue, titled the Confederate SoldieR is viewed in downtown Alexandria, Virginia, on August 14, 2017. He stands in the middle of the street, his back to the nation’s capital as he gazes southwards towards the bloody battlefields of the Civil War. Erected nearly 130 years ago, the bronze statue of an unarmed Confederate soldier sits at a busy intersection in Alexandria, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington,DC.The Alexandria statue, known as ‘Appomattox,’ is one of hundreds of similar monuments across the American South honoring the Confederate dead.Debate over what to do with these controversial symbols of the Confederacy has been simmering for years and is likely to intensify after boiling over into bloodshed at the weekend. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. Richards / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CHRIS LEFKOW- ‘Pressure builds to remove Confederate statues following clashes over plans to pull down a monument to rebel commander Robert E. Lee in a Virginia city’ (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A monument to former U.S. Vice President and Confederate General John Cabell Breckinridge stands outside the Old Courthouse in Lexington, Ky., U.S., August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
NEW ORLEANS, LA – MAY 04: A view of the Jefferson Davis monument on May 4, 2017 in New Orleans, Loiusiana. The Louisiana House committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs voted Wednesday to advance House Bill 71 that would forbid the removal of Confederate monuments in Louisiana as the City Council in New Orleans tries to move three statues of Confederate luminaries from public spaces and into museums. Protests that have at times turned violent have erupted at the site of the Jefferson Davis Monument after the Battle at Liberty Place monument was taken down in the middle of the night on April 24. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE – DECEMBER 31: Belle Kinney’s Confederate Women’s Monument in War Memorial Plaza on December 31, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
Farmville, VA – January 12 : A confederate monument stands across the street from Ruffner Hall at Longwood University. University President, W. Taylor Reveley IV is fond of saying the civil war ended at one end of Longwood’s campus, and the modern civil rights era begin at the other end of campus. (Photo by Norm Shafer/ For The Washington Post via Getty Images).
A memorial to Confederate soldiers stands on the banks of the Ohio River in Brandenburg, Kentucky, U.S. May 29, 2017. The memorial was recently removed from the campus of the University of Louisville. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
A monument of Robert E. Lee, who was a general in the Confederate Army, is removed in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
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Starnes says despite being reprimanded by the school, he will continue to wear the Confederate flag to school no matter the consequences.
Administrators say they will continue sending students home who do not abide by the rules that are in place regarding the dresscode.