Kettering schools sets new confederate flag policy

Eddie Miller holds a Confederate flag in front of the statue and tomb of Nathan Bedford Forrest, rebel general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan member, during a celebration of Forrest's 194th birthday at Health Sciences Park in Memphis, Tenn. The celebration came weeks after the shooting deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., that spurred a debate about the flying of the Confederate flag, flown by armies of the pro-slavery, secessionist South during the American Civil War. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal via AP)
Eddie Miller holds a Confederate flag in front of the statue and tomb of Nathan Bedford Forrest, rebel general, slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan member, during a celebration of Forrest's 194th birthday at Health Sciences Park in Memphis, Tenn. The celebration came weeks after the shooting deaths of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., that spurred a debate about the flying of the Confederate flag, flown by armies of the pro-slavery, secessionist South during the American Civil War. (Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – After a meeting with the Dayton Unit of the NAACP, Kettering schools adopted a new policy for confederate flags on school property.

The change comes after some Fairmont High School students drove to school with the confederate flag on their vehicles.

At the time, school officials asked the students to take the flag down when they got to school and they could put it back up as they were leaving.

The NAACP says a parent complained saying that the confederate flag, which some view as a symbol of hate, was still on school property.

That’s when school leaders and the NAACP met to talk about the complaint. Now no confederate flags will be allowed on school property in any circumstance.

The Kettering Schools Superintendent and the President of the Dayton Unit of the NAACP say this is great example of cooperation.

“If someone is different than you, how can we work together collectively, the same way that me and the superintendent are doing,” said Derrick Foward.

“That’s one of the things we’re trying to teach in this situation,” said Superintendent Scott Inskeep. “The importance of tolerate, of cooperate, of respect and the ability to work through a problem.”

In addition to the new policy, the district will also be offering diversity training to all students and staff.

 

 

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