A Glendale, Wisconsin high school student decided to bring a Confederate flag with him to school last week. When he arrived, he also declared that day to be “White Privilege Day.” As you can imagine, faculty and staff were appalled at the student’s prank, and he was promptly suspended.
When the Nicolet High School student announced in English class that it was White Privilege Day – an announcement that was accompanied by the unfurling of a Confederate flag – the teacher immediately confiscated the flag, and the police were called to the scene of the crime.
Following a swift decision to suspend the student for what the school principle called a “derogatory and offensive demonstration,” an email was sent out to parents notifying them of the situation. Their email read, in part:
“This action disrupted the class and upset many students. While district policy allows for students to initiate conversation about a controversial issue, it must be presented in the ordinary course of classroom instruction and cannot be disruptive to the educational setting. The student’s actions were a clear violation of this policy.”
According to Nicolet Superintendent Dr. Robert Kobylski:
“Fostering an educational community based on tolerance and respect is of the utmost importance to the administration, faculty and staff at Nicolet.”
According to WISN, school counselors have been made available for students who want to talk about what happened. Unfurling a Confederate flag and declaring the day to be White Privilege Day probably constitutes not only a violation of school policy, but also a violation of the school’s “safe space.”
The offensive student is currently under investigation.