A Confederate battle flag attached to a high school sophomore’s backpack reportedly led to a school lockdown in Polk County, Georgia.
Officials at Rockmart High School say the flag caused a disruption when the 10th-grader, who is white, was confronted Wednesday morning by two black students prior to school starting, a local Fox News affiliate reported.“They wanted to confront him about what he had on his backpack. What did they say? ‘Hey man, why you doing that,’” Principal Wesley Cupp told the station.
Mr. Cupp said there was shoving and an exchange of words, but it was broken up by staff within minutes. He said no weapons were found. Still, the school was put through a lockdown drill with students kept in class after rumors surfaced of other students bringing Confederate battle flags to school, Fox reported.
“We just did that as a precautionary situation to help maintain and control what could have been a bad situation,” Mr. Cupp said.
He said all three students involved were suspended for the disruption. When they return to school they will be offered counseling and other services to help ease tensions, Fox reported.
“When you become a distraction where students can’t learn because of a distraction then that needs to be removed,” Mr. Cupp said.