Confederate Flag Fight Rises Again in High School

WVLT (Knoxville, Tenn.), Jan. 17, 2006

Maryville, Blount County—The issue involving the confederate flag is coming back in Blount County after students at a local high school were ordered to cover up their shirts on Friday with the confederate flag on it.

WVLT Volunteer TV’s Blount County Bureau Chief Stephen McLamb has the latest.

More than 150 students at William Blount High School have signed a petition seeking support for the right to wear confederate symbols on shirts and other clothing items.

But students who wore the emblem on Friday say they were threatened with suspension if they didn’t cover up.

Some students say they support the right to express their confederate heritage that the school has taken away.

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