A Confederate flag incident at a Florida high school last week started with a small fight and escalated to reports of mass gun violence to be perpetrated against students this week.
The incident occurred last Thursday at Westport High School in Ocala, when four students brought small Confederate flags to school and began waving them during lunch.
“An African-American student at the school was offended by the flags and punched one of the students. She was given a juvenile civil citation for hitting, and the four students who brought the flags were being disciplined by the school, officials said,” according to WFTV.
“Poor decisions of a few of our students led to this,” West Port Principal Jayne Ellspermann said Friday about the incident, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.
“There were no credible threats,” Booner said.
According to WFTV, approximately 1600 of the school’s 2600 students stayed home on Monday, nonetheless, based on the online rumors.
Ocala police beefed up security at the high school, sending in nine officers to patrol the campus.
West Port principal Jayne Ellspermann, who was national principal of the year in 2014, said the district is now going through the online threats and tracking down the sources of other rumors. Those found to be involved may face discipline for “causing a school disruption,” the Banner reports.
“I want her to go to school for the socialization aspect, but I’m like, ‘Do I just keep her home and do online schooling?’ I don’t want to do that, but it makes me kind of consider venturing into that,” parent Vanessa Smith told WFTV.
As reported by Western Journalism, a bill is being considered in the Florida legislature that would ban the Confederate flag from all state property.
h/t: The American Mirror