ROME (CBS46) — College students had been caught on digicam not too long ago waiving a Insurgent flag at Coosa Excessive Faculty in Rome in Floyd County in school Monday.
Fellow classmates, who’re upset concerning the flag, deliberate a protest. The college’s administration introduced that college students wouldn’t be allowed to protest and college students and their dad and mom declare they had been suspended for planning a protest in opposition to racism.
“I really feel the accomplice flag shouldn’t be flown in any respect. It’s a racist image and it makes me really feel disrespected,” mentioned pupil organizer Jaylynn Murray who says 4 college students had been flying the flag on a spirit day known as “farm day.”
The Black college students and White and Latino classmates spoke up and deliberate a protest in opposition to racism.
“I felt actually disrespected how the college didn’t do something about it and when we’re not allowed put on BLM (Black Lives Matter) stuff and they’re allowed to hold a racist flag round, mentioned pupil organizer Deziya Fain.
Murray and Fain mentioned they started planning to protest in opposition to racism after the administration didn’t self-discipline the scholars who had been flying the Accomplice flag and allegedly spewing racial slurs in opposition to Black college students.
A father or mother offered CBS46 with a recording of an announcement over the college intercom Thursday the place a college administrator warned college students they’d be punished in the event that they tried to protest.
“The administration is conscious fo tomorrow’s deliberate protest,” the administrator introduced stating it will not be allowed at Coosa Excessive. “Police can be current right here in school and if college students insist on encouraging this sort of exercise they are going to be disciplined for encouraging unrest.”
Black college students together with White and Hispanic college students went to the entrance workplace, as requested, to speak to directors concerning the protest plans and hand over any flyers selling it. College students inform CBS46 that they started to argue with directors concerning the lack of disciplinary motion taken in opposition to college students utilizing racial slurs.
The Black college students say they had been suspended. Some White college students inform CBS46 they had been disruptive and argumentative with directors however they weren’t suspended, solely Black college students, based on the scholar protestors. By Friday, they joined collectively to protest outdoors the college all through the day, most of them had been suspended. Others selected to skip, with the permission and help of their dad and mom.
“All of the African Individuals they suspended them, and so they didn’t droop them.” Lilyan Huckaby mentioned whereas pointing to White and Hispanic college students who had been skipping college to protest unequal remedy. “They did not droop me and I used to be yelling and loud. It is as a result of I am white,” Huckaby advised CBS46.
“We’re not allowed to put on Black Lives Matter shirts or the LGBTQ flag, however youngsters can have Accomplice flags and so they have mentioned nothing,” Huckaby advised CBS46.
Mother and father introduced the scholars water, ice, and meals all through the day and helped monitor the demonstration.
A number of Black dad and mom advised CBS46 there have been notified concerning the suspensions by sheriff’s deputies coming to their houses. One dad and mom mentioned an officer pulled her over whereas she was driving to tell her her daughter was being suspended.
“That is the letter that the principal and sheriff hand delivered to me at my home,” one father or mother mentioned.
The moms say their youngsters undergo “emotional misery” from being known as racial slurs in school. Lekysha Morgan says her three youngsters had been suspended for planning to take part within the protest. She says she has complained to Coosa Excessive Faculty directors repeatedly about racially-discriminatory remarks mentioned to her youngsters from different college students. She says directors say they’re wanting into it, however she hasn’t seen the scholars accountable be suspended.
Floyd County Faculty officers and communications groups didn’t return a number of calls CBS46 made requesting a proof on Friday. Mother and father says the problem is widespread. State board of schooling information breaks down suspension charges by race and ethnicity. In 2020 in Floyd County Colleges Black college students held an 8% suspension fee, the best group. Six p.c had been pupil from two or extra races ;4% the place White; 2% had been Hispanic college students.
The dad and mom say they’re upset their issues have gone unresolved for therefore lengthy and now their youngsters should miss homecoming due to the suspension that extends from October eighth by way of Oct twenty second.