Parents upset over use of confederate flag in promotion of school production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’

Parents upset over use of confederate flag in promotion of school production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’

A banner promoting the play “Romeo & Juliet” has been taken down after some parents of students at Westlake High School shared concerns over the use of a Confederate flag.

Parents Sedrick Blount and Angelina Sanchez couldn’t believe the school allowed the Confederate flag to be used in a banner. They were told the flag represented the theme “Romeo & Juliet” post-Civil war.

“That represents hatred, racism and just pure evil,” Blount said, while Sanchez said: “The Confederate flag is just not a good advertisement.”

Parents say the banner had been up for a few days but it was taken down Friday afternoon after they took their concerns to school administrators and the superintendent.

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They say the banner was offensive and shouldn’t have gone up in the first place.

“It can leave a confusing message to children who are vulnerable. It’s like, ‘What are we saying to them?’ ” Sanchez said.

But Stella Mandell, who came to see her niece perform in the play, said they banner was symbolic of what the play was about.

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