Big Sky High School bans Confederate flag at school

Big Sky High School officials are banning students from wearing any Confederate Flag apparel.

Officials at Big Sky High School in Missoula are no longer allowing students to wear apparel with the Confederate flag on it.

Mark Rodriguez, a parent, says if we erase the flag we’re erasing history.

“I think it's important that we don't erase our history, and one of the reasons I think that's important is so we don't repeat that same thing,” said Rodriguez.

Big Sky Principal Natalie Jaeger said in an interview with our news partner KGVO that over the past month several students were wearing clothes that had the flag on it, and some students found it offensive or disruptive.

Rodriguez understands the concerns but says the flag has history.

"When you ask somebody from the South it's a symbol of Southern pride, and it's a symbol of uniformity of the South,” said Rodriguez.

Jaeger says currently the flag doesn’t have the same meaning.

"In 2018 I consider that flag to be a symbol that is used to express racism and oppression, and for us it just has no place in an educational environment,” said Jaeger.

Students are expected to abide by the school’s policy. But Rodriguez says an open forum or discussion could go a long way into people’s different perspective.

“Knowledge is a form of power and enlightens people on what something really means, and it's important to know where we came from and how we can get better from where we came from,” said Rodriguez.

In the email sent Jaeger says every family and student has the right to agree or disagree, but she hopes they do it respectfully.

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