Display of Pride flag at Auburn High School prompts demands for removal

Updated: Aug. 18, 2017 at 9:02 PM CDT
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An example of a Pride flag (Source: Pixabay)
An example of a Pride flag (Source: Pixabay)

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Concerned parents and students want an Auburn High School teacher who displays a Pride flag to take it down.

Karen DeLano, superintendent of the Auburn City Schools System, responded to the controversy Friday in a prepared statement saying, in part:

"It has been brought to the attention of Auburn city schools and Auburn high school that a petition from a group of anonymous students and parents was sent to Dr. Shannon Pignato, the principal of Auburn High School. As of noon [Friday], she had not been presented with that petition. She is aware of the situation though, and is working with staff and students to address those concerns" 

According to Delano, the flag was on display on a glass wall outside a classroom during a school fair for the EDUCATE club which promotes inclusiveness and diversity. While the original complaint was made anonymously; school leaders are working to find a quick resolve.

"We want to see if the kids that are discussing this can come together and decide how do we want to handle this," DeLano explained.

The superintendent wants to make sure that every party involved handles their disagreements in a dignified manner.

"Everybody handle their objections and their concerns in a very civil orderly manner, and understand that we, as a school system, we are obliged to enforce federal and state regulations and laws and we do have freedom of speech," she added.

She said the issue is currently being handled internally.

A Change.Org counter petition has been launched with a goal of 1,500 supporters seeking to keep the flag in place. There's also a Change.Org petition that has been launched for those that want the flag removed with a goal of 100 signatures.

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