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West Monroe High Bans Confederate Flag On Campus

West Monroe High School enforces policy on displaying Confederate flags on campus
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West Monroe High School enforces policy on displaying Confederate flags on campus

School officials at West Monroe High School have banned the use of the Confederate flag by its student body.    

According to students, PrincipalShelby Ainsworth announced that the flag could not be displayed or flown from vehicles on campus.  The practice has been a long-standing tradition during football season at the school, whose mascot is the Rebel.

Ainsworth says the new policy applies to regular school hours, including arriving or departing from school grounds.  "Basically, the flag has no place on our campus," he said. On Friday, school officials confiscated flags from at least six vehicles that were parked at school. The flags were returned to students at the end of the day.

Ainsworth says the national discussion that has taken place since the shootings in Charleston, South Carolina led to the new guideline.  

A social media page created earlier this summer called for the removal of the mascot.  School officials say they hope the new policy will put to rest the any debate over displays of the flag on school grounds.  



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After working in Baton Rouge radio for six years, Bob returned to Monroe in 1996. He served as program director for a local commercial radio station immediately prior to joining KEDM in 2009, as News and Public Affairs Director. A graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, he holds a degree in Radio/TV/Film Management.

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