Virginia students pose with Confederate battle flag for school spirit day
School officials in Virginia have found themselves on the defensive after several students took pictures of themselves displaying Confederate battle flags for a school spirit day.
Many expressed outraged after a social media post showed the students at Jefferson Forest High School.
The post has been shared more than a thousand times. It's from the school's Country vs. Country Club" spirit day and was added to Snapchat first and then uploaded to Facebook.
"This is a wound that's been allowed to feaster," said parent Lyman Connor. "It was people walking the halls with Confederate Flags..in the cafeteria."
Connor says enough is enough.
He says his daughter and other students at Jefferson Forest High School have been targeted by racist bullying.
On Tuesday, Connor took to social media, sharing photos and writing that the school has "overtly racist students."
The photos were taken on Monday, on school property during Spirit Week.
"'Well, it's just a flag,' no, understand the past history, this is something that's been going on constantly," Connor said.
Connor's post garnered more than 1,500 shares and led to many expressing outrage.
Bedford County Public School officials say they were unaware the photos were being taken.
They released a statement on Wednesday, saying:
The statement did not say specify what actions were taken in response to the incident, did not include an apology, and did not mention possible discipline.
"I think my next steps as a parent are to ensure that my daughter never, and her friends and other children never, ever have to suffer this again," Connor added.
The incident comes amid calls for the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam because of
and of Attorney General Mark Herring, who also
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