Children 'frightened and intimidated' after boy wore Confederate mask to school

Children were left feeling ‘frightened and intimidated’ after a classmate wore a Confederate flag-patterned face mask to school. The unidentified boy, who is in his senior year, was snapped wearing the face covering at Oakville High School in Oakville, Missouri, earlier this week.

Tamica Harding says her daughter was one of the students perturbed by the flag mask. She said: ‘So what type of message are you sending to my child by allowing another child to sit in the classroom with this mask on?’

The red, white and blue flag represents 11 Confederate States which seceded from the US in 1861 over then-President Abraham Lincoln’s opposition to slavery, which allowed white southerners to keep black people as slaves.

Harding’s daughter and other children began to text their parents about the face covering, prompting angry calls to the school. Parents say bosses there only took action several hours later, as a result of their demands to know what was being done.

Another parent, Michael Munie, told KTVI: ‘Do they let you wear Swastikas? Everybody knows that you don’t do that too. It’s almost the same thing.’

School principal Tamara Sunkett has since addressed the matter in an email to parents, which read: ‘Confederate symbols are steeped in racism and infringe upon the rights of all to feel safe and respected.’

A school district spokesman said the boy and his family had been spoken to, and that he had been banned from wearing the mask to school again.

The teachers who failed to challenge the student will also be spoken to.

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