MN high schooler sent home for having a Confederate flag on his car


A peaceful protest is planned at a north-central Minnesota high school after a student was sent home for flying a Confederate flag on his car.

Dorene Nelson posted a photo of her son's suspension notice from Crosby-Ironton High School on Facebook Monday, which says Cody Nelson "refused to take a Confederate flag off his car."

Principal Jim Christenson told the Brainerd Dispatch the Confederate flag was on a pole attached to the rear window of Cody Nelson's car.

The flag is a violation of the school district's policy, superintendent Jamie Skjeveland told KARE 11According to the student handbook, students are prohibited from displaying "a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group."

Skjeveland told the Brainerd Dispatch that the Confederate flag sends a message that may be perceived as racist.

But Cody Nelson disagrees. He told KARE 11: “I may not be from the South, or never been down there, but I stand with the South and their belief."

Cody Nelson added that if some people think the flag represents slavery, that's their opinion.

Peaceful protest planned Tuesday

Dorene Nelson told the Brainerd Dispatch she supports his son and will join him on the drive to school Tuesday morning.

He also seems to have the support of some community members. There are plans to have a convoy drive to the school with Confederate flags. The person who posted the event says the goal is freedom of speech, and asks anyone who participates in the convoy to not break any laws.

A Facebook page created following Monday's incident says there was a peaceful protest planned in the school parking lot at 8 a.m. Tuesday. But Skjeveland told BringMeTheNews that there was no protest held.

He also said he couldn't comment on incidents involving students due to privacy laws.

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