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Long Island Students Expelled for Confederate Flag, Racist Language (Video)

Four Catholic students have been expelled following two separate incidents; in the first incident, two seniors brought a Confederate flag to school as part of an event and in the second incident, a young woman posted a blackface photo on social media, and another young woman left a racially charged comment on that photo.

“St. Anthony’s will always demand acceptance and respect for all races, religions and cultures,” said Gary Cregan, the principal of the school. The first incident happened on April 9, when two young men brought the symbol of treason and slavery to a school event. The flag was immediately taken away and the students were suspended. Cregan sent a letter to the parents stating that the flag was, “designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive.”

This outrage inflamed tensions, and Brother Cregan asked the students not to use social media to stir trouble. However, two days later, on Friday, one young woman posted a picture of herself in blackface, and another posted a racially insensitive remark on that picture. While the initial punishment for the students who brought the flag was a 10 day suspension, Brother Cregan said that he worried about campus security and expelled all four of the students.

According to the New York Daily News:

St. Anthony’s was founded in 1933 by Fransican brothers. Out of 2,450 students, 1,800 are white. There are 138 black students, 215 Asian students, and about 200 Hispanic students. Six of the high schoolers are Native American while about four of Pacific Island heritage. An estimated 46 students are of mixed race.

This is a fairly cosmopolitan school; Brother Cregan is upset that these incidents have tarnished the school’s image. “I do believe that the school’s reputation has been damaged from this,” he said.

You can watch CBS report on the event below:

h/t FreakOutNation



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  • http://gravatar.com/johnmcarollo johnmcarollo

    I remember dealing with a constituent whose grandson was expelled for having a gun in his back pack. The issue was, he was “bullied” into putting the gun in his backpack and out of fear he left it in the boy’s room. She wanted my boss, her assemblyman, to overturn the school’s decision. That we could not do. And she was not able to have a public advocate defend the case because the boy whose gun it was, had already procured a public attorney. You cannot have two public advocates in a single case. Watching the “angel” during her pleas was the really telling part of their story … and it would appear there was much more going on than that young man (only 8 years old — since when do 8 year olds need to carry guns?) was telling grandma!

  • tim

    Expel those assholes and send them to an inner city school. Then make their ignorant asses wave those flags when their ignorance is not in the majority.

  • LiberalConstitutionalist

    I was concerned about this. Since it happened in a private school (or so it seems), the administration could do what they want. If this is a publicly funded charter school though, it seems to me that simply bringing the flag to a school event might not be cause for suspension or expulsion. I wonder if there is more to this story.

    • Batman in Arkham

      Not really. Public schools are not as bound by the 1st Amendment as other places because you’re dealing with minors. Also, expulsion/suspension isn’t jail. The 1st Amendment means your speech or expression cannot be outlawed except under very specific circumstances. Suspending or expelling a student is a civil punishment, not one carried out by law enforcement. You can be suspended or expelled for pretty much any reason the school wants to (really, try cursing out a teacher and then claiming 1st Amendment rights). If you don’t like it, you take it to civil court.

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