A Virginia high school is facing criticism after students posed with Confederate and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags on a “country vs. country club” spirit day.
Students at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, Virginia, were seen with the flags in pictures that were posted to social media.
In an email to parents, the Bedford County Schools said it would investigate the photos.
“Though our school and student population was and has not been disrupted by the posting, we have received considerable criticism of the post from parents and others in the community about the theme of the post and what they believe it implies about our school and community,” the school district said in a statement to The News & Advance.
The photos, which were initially posted to Snapchat before being posted on private Facebook accounts seen by the News & Advocate, show several students holding Confederate flags.
One photo caption reportedly defended the flags by calling them “history and heritage.”
The school’s “country vs. country club” spirit day was part of a week of dress-up days that also included bikers vs. surfers, NFL vs. NBA, and Marvel vs. DC.
On Monday, the students were supposed to dress up as “a farmer or a highty-flighty high society type” for the country vs. country club day, Bedford County spokesman Ryan Edwards told Fox News.
Instead, students showed up wearing Confederate and Gadsen flags as capes, and used a break between classes to take photos, Edwards said.
Despite community members calling the photos racist on Facebook, school officials said in its statement: “What has been alleged by many is simply not true and in no way reflects Jefferson Forest High School and the high standards we hold for our students and staff.”