West Salem students’ display of Confederate flags spark controversy

West Salem students’ display of Confederate flags spark controversy

A display in the parking lot of West Salem High School has sparked controversy. 

Vehicles arrived at school on Monday and Tuesday displaying the Confederate flag.

West Salem High School Principal Josh Mallicoat says the students were asked to remove the flags Tuesday or park off the property.

A parent of one of the students involved said the kids moved the cars off of school property and the flags were then stolen. A report was filed with West Salem Police.

Mallicoat says he does not feel the students were racially motivated and were instead doing it to be “country or southern”.

Mallicoat and West Salem Superintendent Troy Gunderson say that they can override freedom of speech due to “Substantial Disruption” if the situation is affecting student education time or emotions.