The police were dispatched and counselors were offered after a Wisconsin high schooler unfurled a Confederate flag in class and announced it was “White Privilege Day.”
A student at Nicolet High School in Glendale reportedly took out the flag during English class, a move school administrators deemed a “derogatory and offensive demonstration,” WISN reports.
“A teacher took the flag away from the student, and worked to de-escalate the situation,” according to Fox 6.
Police were called and the student, whose race was not disclosed, was suspended.
“This action disrupted the class and upset many students,” principal Gregory Kabara said in an email to parents.
“While district policy allows for students to initiate conversation about a controversial issue, it must be presented in the ordinary course of classroom instruction and cannot be disruptive to the educational setting,” he wrote.
“The student’s actions were a clear violation of this policy.”
The news station reports counselors were on hand to talk to students who were “upset” over the incident.
District superintendent Dr. Robert Kobylski issued a statement of his own, saying in part, “We conducted an investigation that resulted in disciplinary action. Fostering an educational community based on tolerance and respect is of the utmost importance to the administration, faculty and staff at Nicolet. Appropriate personnel are available to assist students who wish to talk about the incident.”