A high school teacher in Hephzibah, Georgia was placed on administrative leave after allegedly suggesting to her students that the Confederate flag symbolizes somebody marrying their sister.
The message offended one Hephzibah High School student, who explained to her mom that the teacher put a photo of the Confederate flag on the board with text that said: “A sticker you put on the back of your pickup truck to announce that you intend to marry your sister. Think of it like a white trash ‘Save the Date’ card.”
Melissa Fuller told WRDW that after she heard the story from her daughter, she decided to post about the incident on Facebook to get feedback from other parents. “A lot of [the discussion] is that it’s not morally correct. It’s unethical,” Fuller told the station. “It’s just something you don’t want to discuss today in today’s world and especially inside of a classroom.”
Fuller said her daughter once wore a belt to school with a Confederate flag buckle and was asked by the school to take it off, which she did. However, also received an in-school suspension. “If she can’t wear that belt buckle, then why is it appropriate to make an assignment out of it?,” Fuller said.
The debate over the publicly displaying the Confederate flag continues in communities across the country regularly, with some considering it part of their heritage while others perceive it as a symbol of Jim Crow and modern-day racism.
After the incident began to circulate with parents and community members, the unnamed teacher was placed on administrative leave by the Richmond County School System. The district said in a statement, “The Richmond County School System is committed to creating a diverse, equitable learning environment for all students. The language used in the example was unacceptable and has no place in our classrooms.”