Students suspended for clothing displaying Confederate flag

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.— One of the roughly 20 students at a Virginia high school who received a one-day suspension for wearing clothing displaying the Confederate flag says he doesn't intend to back down.

Christiansburg High School Senior Houston Miller organized a rally outside the school Thursday to protest a new school policy banning vehicles with Confederate symbols from its parking lot.

Houston and many other students who gathered for the protest were suspended after refusing to take off clothing displaying the flag before entering the school.

The school's dress code prohibits students from wearing articles that reflect adversely on people because of race, gender, or other factors.

Miller had been organizing another rally for Friday outside the school, but he later said that some students had received angry messages online about the issue and were worried about the potential for violence. It's unclear what his plans are at this time.

The display of Confederate flags has come under increased scrutiny since nine people were killed in a shooting back in June at a church in Charleston, S.C. The shooter made racist rants and posted pictures of himself on social media with the Confederate flag.