Paris ISD superintendent Paul Jones has confirmed that some high school students brought Confederate flags to school Tuesday. Photos circulated on social media showed those flags on vehicles in the High School parking lot, prompting some complaints by parents. Superintendent Jones says he has addressed the situation and called the incident an unfortunate and unnecessary distraction. It’s unclear whether the students involved have been disciplined.
The District released this statement:
Today’s ill-considered decision by students to bring Confederate Rebel Flags to school has caused an unnecessary and unfortunate disruption to our educational environment. Appropriate steps have been taken to address the situation and to refocus those that have been affected. Paris Independent School District celebrates and takes pride in the strength of our multicultural community, and will not permit anyone to divide our district or distract us from our mission to focus on the knowledge, skills, and character development of each of our students.
Paris Independent School District