The Confederate flag just saw its prestige lowered from half-mast to ground level in one Texas school district, which voted on Monday to ban the display of the the Stars and Bars for good.
The Hays school board in the town of Buda, just outside Austin, has since 2000 defended the right of students to sport the flag on their personal belongings while maintaining its decision to no longer fly the controversial flag on school grounds. But now students too will be forbidden from wearing or otherwise showing off the flag's design. It's a move made to avoid offense, reports
, following a racially-charged incident in May targeting an African-American teacher.
"If a teacher feels undermined because students are wearing the Confederate flag, I don't think we can support that," said board trustee Merideth Keller. "And if a student has trouble taking her math test because another child is wearing the Confederate flag, well, we can't support that [either]."
But the mother of one student reprimanded for displaying the flag took issue with the board's decision, and cited her regional pride: "Can I not be proud of my Southern heritage?"
Via the Austin Statesman
Posted 6am PST.