Two students found themselves suspended from school in Washington after wearing Confederate flags as part of an alleged anti-gay statement.
Two 11th-grade students wore the Confederate flags in a common area of Tahoma High School around about 50 kids and some of them started getting upset, according to KIRO.
A spokesperson for the school district told KIRO that a 10th-grade student had been displaying a gay-pride flag for the past two weeks. He said the Confederate flags were the two boys' answer.
KOMO spoke with one of the suspended students, a 16-year-old named Grady, who wore the flag to school on Monday.
"We put ours around our necks and kind of walked around with them," Grady said. "It's just a way of showing our southern pride, nothing racist at all."
Grady added they did it after another student came to class wearing a Gay Pride flag.
"If he can wear his flag in support of what he believes, we figured we could do that as well," Grady said.
Tahoma High School has reportedly banned the flag, calling it a message of hate, but one student noted that she sees Confederate flags attached to student's cars and trucks in the parking lot almost every day.
The Raw Story notes that Grady reportedly feels he is being unfairly deprived of his free speech rights. Both of the Confederate flag wearers have been have been suspended until Monday, Oct. 14.