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Associated Press , Published September 17 2013

Confederate flag causes stir at Davies High School

FARGO — A student at a North Dakota high school named for a federal judge who played a big role in the civil rights movement caused a stir when he displayed a Confederate flag in the back of his pickup truck.

The unnamed student flew the flag Monday on what was dubbed "America Day" for homecoming week festivities at Davies High School. The school is named for former U.S. District Judge Ronald Davies, who is famous for his rulings in 1957 desegregating the public schools in Little Rock, Ark., which was a pivotal event in the civil rights movement.

Senior Benjamin Olson told KVLY-TV (http://bit.ly/1dlEzyZ) that he and others were bothered by the flag's display.

"Although I respect that student's right to have that flag — because it's a free country and free speech — I think it's quite distasteful," he said.

Olson said that for some people, the flag "celebrates individualism," but that for others "it just represents somebody being ignorant."

Principal Troy Cody said the student was told to take down the flag and did so with no fuss.

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Information from: KVLY-TV, http://www.valleynewslive.tv


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