Gonna change the name too?
The local Board of Education has banned the Confederate flag at events:
The Rebel flag will no longer be allowed at any Maryville school system events.
The Maryville Board of Education voted on first reading to ban flags, noisemakers, sirens, whistles, laser-pointers and hand-held signs Monday night during its monthly meeting.
“This would prohibit bringing in any kind of flags,” Director of Schools Mike Dalton said.
The exemption to this policy will be equipment, approved by the principal and Dalton, used by groups such as cheerleaders and the flag team.
The no-flag policy eliminates the use of a symbol long associated with the school system but one that has caused growing concern over the years.
The local high school is known as The Rebels. I wonder if they’ll change the name. This comes in light of recent race related crimes in our area, some of which occurred at schools. This policy seems a bit overreaching though:
The event safety policy also prohibits any action “associated with oppression, hate, or anything else that may cause other students, parents, visitors, constituents, school district employees, spectators, or any other individuals to feel uncomfortable based on race, color, creed, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious belief/non-belief… This includes verbal, non-verbal, and physical acts.”