Authors: Jennifer Borrasso and Briana Smith
IRWIN, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – After pictures of high school students wearing Confederate flags went to school on social media, the Norwen School District became embroiled in controversy.
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The principal said that the two students were called to the office and forced to change their clothes before returning to class. That day was originally to pay tribute to the country.
A third-year high school student said that what these students did was very hurtful, and she wanted to see the school district do more.
“Some people just wear red, white and blue,” junior Kalea Armstrong said. “But I think that when you plant the Confederate flag, it is a symbol of southern racism and it is jaw-dropping.”
Armstrong said she was shocked when she saw a small number of students wearing offensive clothing, including Confederate flags.
“I was irritated. I went downstairs to the principal’s office and talked to him in the office. It made me burst into tears,” Armstrong said.
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“He said they will deal with this situation, they are calling the students to the office, he has a feeling for me, he will do everything possible to make the situation better,” the student added.
Norwin principal Jeff Taylor told KDKA that as part of the theme of Back to School Week, students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to show their support for the United States. He said that two students wearing Confederate flag costumes changed their clothes and returned to class.
He issued a statement to KDKA, part of which read:
“According to school district policy, students wearing clothes that may disrupt the educational process receive a verbal warning for the first time and are required to change their clothes. As we need to protect the privacy of students, we cannot share more details at this time.
“Although we are disappointed by what happened in our school, we think this is a learning opportunity that can strengthen the Norwegian Literature District’s commitment to safety, health and positiveness.
There is a learning environment every day. “
Read: Sheriff Taylor’s statement
The parent of a student wearing a national flag provided a message to Jennifer Borrasso of KDKA.
“That day was the school’s national flag day. He chose to wear red, white and blue clothes. We have family members who died under this banner, so this is not a racial issue for us. We have discussed with the school and agreed that he will not Wear it again,” said parent Tim Bold.
Armstrong said she hopes the school district will hold a rally to educate students and others on this topic.
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Sheriff Taylor did not disclose how the school district will use it as a learning experience.