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Flag ban at WLHS brings protests

Students driving tractors to West Lincoln High School on homecoming morning wore overalls, straw cowboy hats and shirts with the word “hillbilly” proudly displayed.
Nowhere to be found, however, were confederate flags, despite the protests of some students and parents.
“Students can do whatever they want to on public roads as far as displaying a flag of some kind, but when they get to school they come off,” said Lyle Back, coordinator of community schools and special projects. “They can’t have them displayed on school property.”
As an act of rebellion, some students did choose to display the flags outside of school property.
Daniel Scronce, a junior at the school, stood on his truck bed with three confederate flags surrounding him in a gas station on Hwy. 27 where he raised his fist and cheered at passing cars
Scronce believes students should be able to display the flag on school property, and says most of his peers agree with him.
“It’s denying heritage,” said Scronce. “Everyone’s unhappy.”
Some parents have also expressed concern about the banning of the flag. Pam Haskins stood outside on Friday morning with Scronce in order to offer support.
“I think a lot of people see the flag as racist, but I think the flag is more than racist,” said Haskins. “There is history that goes with it that is beyond the racist issue.”
In fact, up until 1994, the confederate flag was part of the school’s emblem. In 1994, Superintendent Marty Eaddy, with the support of the school’s then principal, worked to remove the flag from the emblem.
Although students were forbidden to bring confederate flags on school property, a good number were still allowed to bring their tractors.
Any student who drove their tractor to school had to be 16 and have a driver’s license. On Friday morning, the school’s principal, Mitch Sherrill, stopped a number of tractors driven by students without licenses.
The students were forbidden from participating in the morning fun in the parking lot and were sent inside the school, said Back.
Students who did have licenses and who kept their vehicles clean of the confederate flag enjoyed the foggy homecoming morning.by Sarah Grano

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