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Black students in Georgia were suspended for planning a protest after white students waved Confederate flag and allegedly used racial slurs

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  • White students were filmed waving a Confederate flag at a school in Georgia and were not disciplined by administrators, WGCL-TV reported.

  • In response, the students of the Coosa high school organized a demonstration against racism.

  • A group of black students were suspended for organizing the protest, unlike non-black organizers, students told the outlet.

A group of black students in Georgia has been suspended after planning a protest in response to white students who waved a Confederate flag and allegedly used racial slurs against black students while in school earlier in the month.

Students at Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia were filmed waving the Confederate flag during a Spirit Day event, but the students were not disciplined by the school officials, a student from the school told WGCL-TV.

The incident led other students to organize an anti-racism protest. Student organizer Jaylynn Murray told WGCL-TV that the Confederate flag “is a racist symbol” and “it makes me feel disrespectful.”

A recording of an announcement made on the school’s intercom last week obtained by the media said the students should not participate in a protest, warning that they would be “disciplined for encouraging unrest”.

Representatives from Floyd County schools did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment on Saturday.

Protest organizers, made up of a group of black, Latin and white students, were called to the front office to discuss the protest with administrators, the students said, according to the report. During the meeting, organizers said they argued with school officials over the lack of action against their classmates who they said used racial slurs against black students, WGCL reported. -TV.

Then the students said administrators only suspended black students involved in organizing the protest, although other non-black students involved told WGCL-TV they were also disruptive and argued. with school administrators.

“They didn’t hang me up and I screamed and loud. It’s because I’m white,” college student Lilyan Huckaby told the outlet.

Other students were ultimately suspended on Friday when they participated in a protest outside the school, WGCL-TV reported. Data shows that black students in Floyd County had the highest suspension rate, 8%, in 2020 compared to their counterparts, according to The Hill.

“We’re not allowed to wear Black Lives Matter shirts or the LGBTQ flag, but kids can have Confederate flags, and they didn’t say anything,” a student said at the outlet.

A video Posted by Hayley Mason of WGCL-TV on Oct 8 shows students protesting and shouting, “No justice, no peace.”

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