Black Georgia High School Students Sue Their School District Over BLM Clothing Ban

The federal civil rights lawsuit highlights a double standard that permits students to wear Confederate flag-emblazoned attire.

Three Black Georgia high school students are fighting a school ban against wearing Black Lives Matter clothing on campus but permits attire with the Confederate flag.

Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that the unnamed minors filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Effingham County School District on Jan. 5 through their parents: Lakeisha Hamilton, mother of one student, and Tauretta McCray, the mother of the two others.

The lawsuit alleges that the school district violated the Civil Rights Act and the students’ constitutional rights to equal protection and free speech through its dress code that bans Black Lives Matter messaging, which officials deem as disruptive.

But the dress code allows students to wear clothing emblazoned with the Confederate battle flag –  widely viewed as a symbol of White supremacy but considered a sign of pride in Southern heritage by school officials.

“In one instance, a black student was refused entry to a football game because she was wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirt; and was advised that she could not enter with it on,” the lawsuit states. “However, a white student was allowed entry at the very same event with a shirt that read, ‘Stomp on My Flag; I'll Stomp Your A**’. There were no repercussions for that white student.”

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At the same time, school officials routinely turn a blind eye to racist behavior and intimidation at Effingham County High School and Effingham College & Career Academy, located northwest of Savannah, the lawsuit alleges.

It highlights several examples of “an egregious pattern of deliberately ignoring complaints:” A noose was hung in the football locker room. White students openly used racial slurs, including the N-word. Two students wrote a racial epithet on lockers in the baseball locker room.

Teachers are complicit in the pattern of racist behavior, according to the lawsuit. In one instance, a teacher authorized a White student to wear a full Hitler costume during spirit week. Some White teachers have also made overt racist remarks in school.

School officials did not respond to the allegations when asked by

“Neither the School District nor other named defendants have been served with the lawsuit at this time. Once we have been served, a response to the allegations will be filed in accordance with the rules and procedures of the court,” Effingham County School District Superintendent Yancy Ford stated in an email to the station.

The plaintiffs are asking the court for a jury trial and a permanent injunction against the school district to stop officials from punishing students for wearing BLM clothing, as well as the award of punitive damages and legal fees.

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