RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A local mother is upset because kids at her child’s school are allowed to fly Confederate flags on campus.
The mom, who would like to remain anonymous, contacted News 2 with concerns about her son’s safety at Stewarts Creek High School in Rutherford County.
She said her 14-year-old son, who is in ninth grade, came home this week and told her that kids were wearing Confederate flag T-shirts to class.
The mother said she saw them herself while dropping off her son Wednesday morning. She said she also noticed students flying Confederate flags in the back of their trucks.
“I felt sad and hurt when I saw that,” she told News 2.
The Confederate flag has remained a controversial symbol since the Civil War, and the mom said, “I just don’t think it should be in schools.”
While driving by Stewarts Creek High School, News 2 counted as many as three Confederate flags on vehicles in the parking lot. There were also some American flags being displayed.
One of the Confederate flags had the message “heritage not hate” printed on it.
Still, the mom says she sees the flag as a source of hate and is afraid for her son’s safety.
“I don’t think it is the appropriate place for my child to be subjected to this,” she said.
She said she contacted the school district and was told nothing could be done about students displaying Confederate flags.
News 2 contacted Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans who said students have the right to express their beliefs under the First Amendment.
He said “As a school district, we can’t prohibit such items unless it is causing a disturbance at school.”
The mother said she would like to see a policy change in the district.