LCSD1 Bans Display of Confederate Flags Amid Controversy
Laramie County School District 1 announced Thursday that it "will not allow the display of confederate flags on district property or at district events."
The action comes after both rainbow and confederate flags were waved at McCormick Junior High School Wednesday, and roughly three weeks after anti-gay, racist flyers were posted at the school.
Tracey Kinney, Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction, says "the district will review potential policies or regulations regarding the disruptive use of flags and symbols within the district."
Kinney released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
Yesterday at McCormick Junior High, both Rainbow flags and confederate flags were waved by students, disrupting the educational environment. That action was immediately stopped and the matter looked into. Appropriate remedial action and disciplinary action will be taken. We reiterate the District’s opposition to bullying, harassment, and hate speech, as outlined in the statement that was issued on Monday evening at the Board of Trustees meeting. Because of the provocative use of flags, especially under the current controversy at the local junior high, the District will not allow the display of confederate flags on District property or at District events. Further, the District will review potential policies or regulations regarding the disruptive use of flags and symbols within the District.