Bloomington school bans Confederate flag after complaints

FILE - In this June 30, 2015 file photo, a Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Ga. Mainstream country music has been quietly distancing itself from the Confederate flag for years, but as the debate reignites following a massacre at a black church in South Carolina on June 17, country artists still struggle to articulate their feelings about the flag’s history and symbolism. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Officials at a high school in Bloomington have banned the Confederate flag after students wore T-shirts and hats featuring the flag.

Administrators at Bloomington North High School made the decision Wednesday after receiving complaints. Students also draped the flag over their shoulders, like capes.

Later in the day about 50 students, parents and educators met with Superintendent Judy DeMuth. The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports that many students said the flag’s presence made them feel physically unsafe. The students reported being bullied by those wearing the flags.

DeMuth says Principal Jeffry Henderson had officially banned the flag from appearing at the school or school-sponsored events and sent a letter to parents and guardians about his decision. Henderson said the issue “created a substantial disruption to the educational environment.”