In the wake of a gang of thug students deliberately disrupting Christiansburg High School and being suspended for their boorish behavior, the Montgomery County School Board voted 6-0 to have the district draft a policy to expand the banning from school property of all clothing, jewelry, emblems, or decals, worn or displayed, that would disrupt the learning environment. This would include the confederate flag. See the story here.
This is the first step in the process of banning symbols like the confederate flag from all school property in Montgomery County.
Over twenty local folks addressed the school board on that issue in the October 20, 2015 meeting. Wayne Scales of Blacksburg said, “The schools should be a second home to our students. … How would any of us like to be in our own home and be uncomfortable?” Ron Watson of Christiansburg said, “I don’t know any black folks that’s got a Confederate flag. You call it Confederate, we call it rebel. … To us it represents nothing but hatred.”
On the side that needs to learn history, Dalton Reedy, a sophomore at Christiansburg High School, said, “When I wear my Confederate flag it represents where I come from and my heritage and my heritage is from the South. … I’m just heartbroken because people try to call me racist.” Well, that may happen when you wear a racist symbol. Another student, Christiansburg High School sophomore Noah Allif, said, “I understand that somebody might be offended by the flag, but I’m offended my heritage and my family is getting kicked around in the garbage.” Your family isn’t a flag, young man. Nice to see you acknowledge the symbol is offensive; however, we see clearly you don’t care.
A decision is due either in late November or December.