3 Bloomington seniors barred from graduation over Confederate flag prank
Three high school seniors have been barred from Bloomington Kennedy High School's graduation ceremony tonight at Target Center because of what the school district is calling a prank involving Confederate flags.
Rick Kaufman, a spokesman for the Bloomington School District, said three male students brought the flags onto school property Tuesday morning. He said they were suspended after "carrying and waving" the flags in the parking lot as parents and students arrived at the school.
Bloomington Kennedy senior Kellie Rezac is a friend of the three boys and helped organize a protest outside the school earlier today. Rezac said the flags were on the boys' cars, it wasn't a prank, and her friends aren't racists.
She said they've flown the Confederate flag before and simply admire the "Southern lifestyle" and TV shows such as "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Dan Fredin, 18, one of the students who was suspended, said one of the boys complied with the request and another drove his truck home and returned to school later.