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Students waving Confederate flag at Osceola High prompts disruption on campus

School officials cancel spirit week activities

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A group of students waiving and holding a Confederate flag at Osceola High School caused a disruption on campus Wednesday afternoon, according to school officials.

Osceola School District public information officer Dana Schafer said Wednesday was "Kowboy Day" as part of the school's spirit week and students were encouraged to dress in Western attire.

A group of students brought a Confederate flag and a "redneck" flag as props for their costumes, which they were holding and waving during lunch.

A woman whose daughter attends Osceola High School provided News 6 with a screenshot showing students in flannels and cowboy boots posing with the flags.

The picture has been reposted to several social media accounts. News 6 originally ran a version of the photo online that had been blurred to protect the identities of underage students. That photo has since been removed from this story.

Schafer did not provide specifics, but did say there was a disruption at lunch involving the students who brought the flags.

Although the incident is still under investigation, the administration does not believe it involved any violence.

The students who were involved in the disruption will "receive consequences in accordance with (the) code of conduct," Schafer said.

The Kissimmee Police Department said on Thursday that officials were aware of non-credible social media threats pertaining to the school. A spokeswoman said the threat appeared to be related to the flag incident from the day before.

Extra officers were at the school on Thursday as a precuationary measure.

As a result of Wednesday's disruption, spirit activities for the remainder of the week have been canceled and students will not be permitted to dress up for themed days. The school will still have its dance and football game.


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