By: Jennifer Borrasso and Briana Smith
IRWIN, Pa. (KDKA) — The Norwin Faculty District is embroiled in controversy after photographs unfold on social media of highschool college students carrying the Accomplice flag to high school.
The superintendent mentioned two college students have been known as to the workplace and compelled to alter earlier than they returned to class, throughout a day that was presupposed to be about honoring the nation.
A junior at the highschool mentioned what these college students did was extraordinarily hurtful, and he or she desires to see the district do extra.
“Some individuals have been simply carrying purple, white and blue,” mentioned junior Kalea Armstrong. “However I believe whenever you put the Accomplice flag on, which is a symbolism of racism from the South, it’s jaw-dropping.”
Armstrong mentioned she was shocked to see a handful of scholars carrying offensive apparel, together with the Accomplice flag, to high school.
“I used to be infuriated. I went all the way down to the principal’s workplace, talked to him within the workplace. It introduced me to tears,” Armstrong mentioned.
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“He mentioned that they’re going to work on the scenario and that they’re calling the scholars all the way down to the workplace, that he feels for me, and that he’ll attempt to do something to make it higher,” the coed added.
Norwin Superintendent Jeff Taylor advised KDKA that college students have been inspired to put on purple, white and blue to indicate help for America as a part of a theme for homecoming week. He mentioned the 2 college students who wore Accomplice flag clothes modified and returned to class.
He issued an announcement to KDKA that mentioned, partially:
“Per district coverage, college students who’ve clothes on that will probably disrupt the tutorial course of are given a verbal warning on the primary event and are requested to alter their clothes. We can not share additional particulars presently as a consequence of our want to guard scholar confidentiality.
“Whereas we’re disillusioned that this case occurred in our faculty, we see it as a studying alternative to strengthen the Norwin Faculty District’s dedication to a protected, wholesome and constructive
studying atmosphere each day.”
A mum or dad of one of many college students carrying the flag supplied a message to KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso.
“It was flag day in school. He selected to put on one thing that had purple white and blue. We’ve had household that died underneath that flag so it’s not racial to us. We’ve already been in dialogue with the varsity and agreed he wouldn’t put on it anymore,” mum or dad Tim Daring mentioned.
Armstrong mentioned she desires to see the district name an meeting to coach college students and others about this matter.
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No phrase from Superintendent Taylor on how the district will use this as a studying expertise.