LITITZ, Pa. – For years, a clique of high school students in this prosperous and overwhelmingly white borough have worn clothes adorned with Confederate flags and parked their pickups in a section of the school parking lot known as “redneck row.”
The display, some parents of minority students say, was just one symptom of festering racism that school officials ignored until animosities boiled over last week.
That’s when three white 16-year-old students allegedly yelled racial slurs and threw paper wads at minority students outside the 1,600-student Warwick High School.
School officials vowed to discipline the three students, tighten security and ban Confederate flags on school property. On Wednesday, police charged the three with disorderly conduct.
The “disturbing and repulsive” Oct. 3 confrontation was a “wake-up call” for Warwick High School, said Superintendent John George. “Perhaps we were lulled into a false sense that our school district was immune to racism and bigotry,” he said.
Maybe somebody can get Bill O’Reilly an iced tea and sort all this out.
ps. Not for nothing, Mr. George, but if your kids were walking around with Confederate flags on in little racist cliques, then nobody was immune from anything whether you saw it before now or not.Jesus. I hate when people say “But there were no problems here!” when what they really mean is, “no problems we gave enough of a fuck about to notice.”