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Confederate Flag Displayed on Davies High School Campus

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Some would call it freedom of speech, others distasteful. A confederate flag hung up for all to see at Davies High School got the students attention Monday afternoon. It was hanging in the tailgate of a students pickup truck on the first day of homecoming week. Valley News teams Eric Crest checked out the situation.

Homecoming week for Davies' students is nothing to snuff at. This is a time meant to bring the student body a bit closer together. A time Senior Benjamin Olson knows everyday of, "we have America day Monday, dress like an animal Tuesday, wear pink Wednesday, thrift shop Thursday, and Davies pride Friday."

But on day one of the festivities, America day, one student managed to draw attention to himself, and for all the wrong reasons. One student decided to hang a Confederate flag in the back of his pickup.

"Although I respect that student's right to have that flag. Cause it's a free country and free speech. I think it's quite distasteful when it's America day," said Olson.

Students inevitably noticed the flag that could be seen from the boulevard. But that doesn't mean that they didn't shake their head at what many think it represents,"it's definitely not a Davies thing. That's an individual thing that somebody choose to do and misrepresent Davies High School," said Olson.

For the majority of the day on Monday that oversized confederate flag could seen waiving even as far away as a block and a half. Drivers passing by would have no problem seeing it. But after a phone call to administration at about 3 o'clock, the flag got taken down.

Administration said anytime a situation makes someone in their student body uncomfortable, they try to fix that problem. So late Monday afternoon they forced the student to take the flag down. A flag that for all too many students represents everything their school doesn't.

"I think for some people it celebrates individualism. But for others and most of the population for Davies it just represents somebody being ignorant, not enjoying what America day is about," said Olson.

Davies principal Troy Cody told Valley News Live the student who hung the flag took it down with no problems this afternoon after being told to do so.

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