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A number of black students have been suspended following protests against white students’ Confederate flags and racial slurs

An African-American high school student group in Rome, Georgia, was suspended from school after preparing a demonstration to protest racial harassment for the last two weeks, CBS 46 reported.

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An African-American high school student group in Rome, Georgia, was suspended from school after preparing a demonstration to protest racial harassment for the last two weeks, CBS 46 reported. The racism of their white and Hispanic classmates who also planned the protest, however, went unpunished.

CBS 46 reported that a group of Black high school students in Rome, Georgia, were expelled from their schools because they were preparing a protest against racial abuse. Although they were planning the demonstration, their white and Hispanic classmates became agitated.

CBS reports four white high school students at Coosa High School raised a Confederate flag and uttered racist insults on “Farm Day” as part of the school’s spirit week. The incident was reported to school officials on October 7, when a group of students approached them. Reports indicate black students were punished for attending the meeting for two weeks, however, white and Hispanic students were not.

White student Lilyan Huckaby, who attended the meeting, told CBS 46 that she yelled at administrators but wasn’t suspended for it.

She told reporter Hayley Mason, motioning toward the other white and Hispanic protesters, “They suspended all of the African Americans, but they didn’t suspend any of the Hispanics or whites.”

Although the protest took place as planned, Newsweek reports that administrators mobilized police to patrol the area and threatened to punish students participating in the event for inciting unrest. A few parents of Black students told the outlet that sheriff’s deputies visited their homes and told them that their children were suspended from school. One mother reported that a deputy stopped her as she drove to deliver the news.

The mother of three children suspended from school, Lekysha Morgan, said they’ve endured “emotional distress” for being referred to as racial slurs. The administration has not acted, she told me.

In support of their children, a number of parents attended the demonstration. Their suspension was for two weeks, so they will miss the homecoming festivities.

There should be no flying of the Confederate flag. Jaylynn Murray, one of the students who helped organize the protest, said, “It’s a racist symbol, and it makes me feel disrespected.”

“I felt disrespected by the school’s inaction, and the fact that they are allowed to carry a racist flag around while we are not allowed to wear BLM swag,” another student commented.

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