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Confederate flags banned at Bloomington school after students wear them as capes

Confederate flags banned at Bloomington school
Confederate flags banned at Bloomington school
Confederate flags banned at Bloomington school
Posted at 10:23 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 14:14:29-04

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The principal at Bloomington North High School sent out a letter on Wednesday announcing a ban on confederate flags at school after several students were wearing the flags as a cape. 

Students met with administrators with their concerns about the students wearing the flags at school and the principal issued a letter to district parents on Wednesday, banning confederate flags at school. 

In it, he explained the district's reasoning for banning the flags at school.

"The Supreme Court Case Tinker vs. Des Moines established the litmus test when schools have the right to limit students' expression. That case established the standard that when students' actions cause substantial disruption to the educational environment, the school can intervene and limit the students' expression."

The leader of a student group that advocates for LGBTQ rights and safety said it was a special moment for them today, when administrators issued the ban. 

"Many people in the room broken into tears, " said Bloomington North Senior Emma Cannon, "I got a bit emotional myself, but there were people in the room who started crying because it was just a very emotionally charged moment. Because this is just a fight that has been happening for so long at Bloomington North and we finally feel like our requests have been answered."

Cannon said she hopes the ban spurs conversations and education about the actual history of the flag.