Eastern Ky. Students Barred From Caps With Confederate Flag

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two girls graduating from Wolfe County Middle School in eastern Kentucky weren't allowed to wear caps decorated with images of the Confederate battle flag.

Wolfe County schools spokesman Robert Scott Creech says the principal found the flag images to be "offensive." He says both girls participated in the ceremony Thursday night.

Dosha Adkins says her 14-year-old daughter, Desarae, was "heartbroken" that she couldn't wear her cap. She says three middle school teachers who saw pictures of the cap had expressed no problems with it.

She says students were told they could decorate their graduation caps.

Adkins says her daughter "just likes" the Confederate flag
image and doesn't want to offend anyone.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-06-07-08 0911EDT


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  • by civa on Jun 8, 2008 at 12:51 AM
    Steve must be a black lover...
  • by BILL Location: ASHLAND on Jun 7, 2008 at 09:45 PM
    OMG!!!GET A LIFE MR.CREECH. IT IS PART OF HISTORY. OBVIOUSLY IT OFFENDS YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE THINKING IT IS A RACIST SYMBOL. THAT REALLY DISGUSTS ME TO KNOW A GROWN ADULT SUCH AS YOURSELF WOULD NOT ALLOW THE KIDS TO WEAR THE FLAG. WHAT IF KIDS WERE WANTING TO WEAR "MALCOLM X" ATTIRE. WOULD YOU BAN THAT ALSO? YOU BETTER THEN, CAUSE HE WAS A RACIST TO WHITES.... PLUS BEING IN WOLFE COUNTY, ITS KNOWN THAT AREA OF KENTUCKY IS PURE COUNTRY AND SUPPORTERS OF THE CONFEDERATE FLAG. ITS HERITAGE!!! IT ONLY MEANS WHAT YOU WANT TO MAKE IT MEAN. IF YOU WEAR SOMETHING THAT HAS MARTIN LUTHER KING ON IT, WE KNOW WHAT IT MEANS, RIGHT? WELL TO SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK IT MEANS HE DOESNT LIKE WHITE PEOPLE. IF IT OFFENDS PEOPLE THAT BAD, JUST IGNORE IT LIKE EVERYBODY DOES ANYTHING THAT BOTHERS THEM. THERE ARE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THIS WORLD, YOU CAN GO LIVE AND SUPPORT THERE FLAG IF THATS THE CASE. PEOPLE GROW UP, THIS NOT EVEN SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE DEBATING ANYWAY. ITS PART OF HISTORY
  • by george Location: nichloasville on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:25 PM
    this is crazy do people really now what the flag stands for.. not slavery and hate but a different way of life living the good old southern way maybe we all dont want to leave as the north lives.. a more stressed out way of life...these girls should be allowed to wear what they choose my kids would have not attended if they really wanted to decorate and were told they could...because there is a whole lot of things worse like all these illegal imigrants taking jobs and they are not supposed to be here...
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 7, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    I bet if it was a Mexican flag there would be no problem.
  • by Guest Location: MoRgAn Co on Jun 7, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    It's HERITAGE NOT HATE.. We dont wanna hurt noone but its just our heritage.. i dont care how bad you people think its against others its not
  • by Diane Location: Mt.Sterling on Jun 7, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    I don't know that banning the confederate flag is going to promote any understanding. I think the best thing is to teach people to be considerate. Some people are very uncomfortable seeing the confederate flag viewed as an emblem of pride. The flag itself is just a piece of decorated cloth. But it's just like swearing, or porn, or revealing clothing, it bothers people. So just like restraining oneself from these things to be considerate to others, make the wise choice and find something tasteful to decorate with. There is a world of things to choose from!
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jun 7, 2008 at 07:28 AM
    I agree with the school's decision. It doesn't matter if the girl doesn't think it stands for anything, that just shows obviously she wasn't taught much in US History there at Wolfe Co HS. Let's say that one of those kids likes to yell "FIRE" everytime he is in a crowded room just to watch people's reaction...the Supreme Court ruled a LONG time ago that your rights to speech and expression END where someone else's BEGIN and you simply can't do it. If you don't understand that, then you also didn't learn anything in High School. I bet you if one of the boys liked to shave his head and wanted to paint a swastika on his hat, the community would've been outraged about it...it's the same difference. The boy doesn't think anything about it and the millions of people that were killed in the name of that symbol/flag (swastika) and they also don't want to offend the millions of people taken from their homeland and forced to be slaves under the same kind of symbol/flag (rebel flag).

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