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WA High School Students Suspended for Wearing Confederate Flags as Anti-Gay Statement: VIDEO


Two juniors at Tahoma High School in Washington were suspended last week after they wore Confederate flags to school to make an anti-gay statement, KIRO-TV reports:

They said two 11th-grade boys wore the flags in a common area of Tahoma High School around about 50 kids and some of them started getting upset. Tiki Scroggins, who was picking up her nephew, pointed out the flag is often seen as a symbol of slavery and racism. "I can see where we wouldn't OK that -- there's too many ethnic backgrounds that that could offend," Scroggins said.

The school district didn't want to comment on camera. But a spokesperson told KIRO 7 by phone that a 10th-grade student had been displaying a gay-pride flag for the past two weeks. He said the Confederate flags were the two boys' answer.

Watch KIRO-TV's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The rainbow flag is the answer to the confederate one.

    Posted by: Tiger | Oct 15, 2013 8:37:00 AM

  2. Anyone who flies the Confederate flag (any and every iteration thereof) is an odious traitor.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Oct 15, 2013 8:51:01 AM

  3. Whatever happened to, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."?

    The two students that decided to wear the confederate flag as a "counter" to a pro-gay shirt should be made to feel ashamed of themselves.

    Posted by: MikeKV | Oct 15, 2013 9:08:22 AM

  4. Maybe it's time we enact uniforms.

    Posted by: David F. | Oct 15, 2013 9:21:05 AM

  5. It's funny how people who fly the Confederate flag also think that they are America's super-patriots.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Oct 15, 2013 9:21:36 AM

  6. As a southerner whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy, I'll go on record to say that this is proof that the historical revisionists are wrong when they say that the confederate flag is about "heritage, not hate." The most troubling thing to me here is that these kids live in Washington. If it were some rednecks from rural Mississippi (no offense to the non-rednecks of rural Mississippi)then this wouldn't even be a story. But WA state?! Geesh.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 15, 2013 9:30:21 AM

  7. Personally, I feel if you let the kids fly one flag you let them fly just about them all. The state of GA still incorporates the Rebel flag into its state banner so it's not going away any time soon.

    It's a form of expression & identity and these boys, although they may not know it, are clearly identifying themselves as bigoted idiots.

    ps: it's all going downhill after high school, boys. hope you enjoyed it.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Oct 15, 2013 9:31:47 AM

  8. Heritage, yes: a heritage of treason, a heritage of slavery, and a heritage of extreme racism. Not exactly a heritage one should be proud to celebrate.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Oct 15, 2013 9:42:33 AM

  9. Pete N SFO: So it would be ok to carry the nazi flag?

    Sorry but confederancy flag had a lot of connotations, and most of them are not exactly good.
    A lot of people could be offended (not only the ones that they intend to offend) and rightfully so

    Posted by: jjose712 | Oct 15, 2013 10:11:50 AM

  10. Clearly those two young men have not been to the real South. Down here, gay people fly the Rebel flag all the time. We love the look on some ignorant yankee's face when they see the Confederate-Gay Pride combo flag.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 15, 2013 10:14:01 AM

  11. the stars and bars is and always has been for losers.

    Posted by: candide001 | Oct 15, 2013 10:14:34 AM

  12. Sam - I don't know why you would be surprised that there are ignorant bigots in Washington. The Pacific Northwest has been designated by the Aryan Nation as the future fatherland.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 15, 2013 10:16:18 AM

  13. JJOSE712 - What an idiotic thing to say. There is no relationship or similarity between the Rebel Flag and "the Nazi flag". One was a flag of defense and the other was a flag of aggression.

    The fact that some people choose the Rebel Flag as a symbol of animosity is utterly irrelevant. Those same people use US flags, Celtic crosses, and in Brazil and Argentina they use local national iconography.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 15, 2013 10:20:26 AM

  14. The ACLU position is that the answer to hate-speech is more-speech. Shame on any of you who want to use the power of the state to punish speech.

    Posted by: Endora | Oct 15, 2013 10:21:41 AM

  15. Let's keep in mind that only two kids wore the Confederate flag patch out of a whole school full of kids. That must be much less than one percent.

    It's undeniable that the vast majority of young people today just say NO to messages of hate.

    So, only two jerks in a population of wonderful open-minded youth. It's a win.

    Posted by: Steve Rider | Oct 15, 2013 10:24:34 AM

  16. Free speech. I don't like what they did nor what they stand for, but they did a peaceful, non-violent demonstration of their First Amendment rights, which created a dialogue in the school exactly as it should. (It wasn't like they were wearing a shirt like the Westboro clan regularly does.)

    Posted by: Dback | Oct 15, 2013 10:29:30 AM

  17. @Pete in SFO: The Georgia state flag had a big Stars and Bars on it starting in 1956 when tempers were rinning high against civil rights. That segment was made miniature in 2001 and then the flag was changed to eliminate it in 2003.
    I don 't agree that "if we allow one flag" (one that represents equal rights), then we allow another (one that represents the violent repression of other classmates' ancestors and, by extension, the desire to repress those classmates themselves).
    That's like saying that if we allow students to say some English words to their teachers (like please and thank you) then we have to allow all words without consequences (like "F*€# off"). The Confederate flag was meant as a big "F--- you" to minority classmates, which doesn't promote a cooperative atmosphere at school.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 15, 2013 10:34:35 AM

  18. The Confederate flag, beyond being a symbol of bigotry, is a symbol of utter stupidity. It is literally advertising that you don't understand history or even humanity. It is trumpeting the fact that you support traitors and being against all that this country was founded upon and strives to be.

    Educated, normal, decent people understand that there is no difference between the Nazi flag and the Confederate flag. They both stand for destroying a nation through hatred, slavery and genocide.

    And this is exactly why these boys chose the Confederate flag to express these ideas.

    No matter what lies the ignorant masses from the stupid states tell themselves, the rest of us recognize reality.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 15, 2013 10:48:59 AM

  19. it seems like if you can wear a rainbow flag patch to school you should be able to wear a confederate flag patch too, regardless of how offensive. legally i think this is going to create some big problems for freedom of expression. i bet they will ban all rainbow flag patches, atheist group symbols, christian, italian, etc. etc. if you let one group express itself dont u have to let others express themselves too?? (excluding those promoting outright violence of course)

    Posted by: billybobjones | Oct 15, 2013 10:52:27 AM

  20. I see your gay pride flag and raise you... slavery?!?!?
    Ugh, high school...

    Posted by: Lucas H | Oct 15, 2013 10:52:45 AM

  21. Very thoughtful and insightful comments here. I've read them more than once.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 15, 2013 10:57:25 AM

  22. I got $5.00 number one idiot is a closet case and number two idiot is following the lead of number one because he's in love.

    At their ten year reunion, they would of been married for three years after divorcing their wives.

    Posted by: mmike1969 | Oct 15, 2013 11:19:04 AM

  23. Their "protest" against another student wearing a pride flag is both nonsensical and moronic. What, pray tell, do the Confederacy and gay rights have to do with each other? It may be true that in MODERN times the Southern states are most opposed to gay rights, particularly gay marriage, but that has fvck-all to do with the "rebel flag," which predates the fight for gay rights by over a century.

    The only thing the Confederate flag is associated with is the Civil War, which is primarily associated with the enslavement of black people, who are rightly offended by it. Honestly a swastika would at LEAST be in the right ballpark since gays WERE targeted by the Nazis, whereas the flag they did wear has nothing at all to do with gays in any logical sense.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 15, 2013 11:35:57 AM

  24. Those kids should not have been punished. That is a heavy handed policy and is totally in opposition to their first amendment rights.

    Posted by: AKChris | Oct 15, 2013 11:49:33 AM

  25. Sporting the Confederate flag just makes them seem like they reeaaaalllyyy like The Dukes Of Hazzard. Which seems really gay.

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Oct 15, 2013 12:20:21 PM

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